Jamie Kutch left a highly paid career as a stock trader in 2005 to move to California and pursue his dream of making wine. People thought he was crazy, until the first Pinot Noir he released scored 93 points in Wine Spectator.
Kutch Pinot Noirs are made as naturally as possible. After the grapes are harvested by hand, they are sorted meticulously and moved only by gravity, before being fermented in small open-top containers with hand and foot punch downs using indigenous yeasts. When fermented, the wine is gravity flowed into French Oak barrels, where they age sur lie (on the lees). The vineyard pursues a minimalist philosophy, trying to produce the purest expression of Pinot Noir from a particular place and time.
As with many high-end Californian wines, these Pinot Noirs are only sold through a mailing list, so this is a chance to get your hands on something quite exclusive.
Bohan Vineyard Pinot Noir
Bohan Vineyard, the fruit source for this wine, lies only 6 km from the Pacific Ocean and was planted back in 1972. These are some of the oldest pinot vines in the United States. The resulting wine comes from whole bunch pressing and sees only seasoned oak. It is immensely complex, hinting at cherry, beetroot, blood orange, thyme, mint and rose petal. All of this is carried by ripe tannins and structural acid. Drink this now or hang on to it for years. It’s built to last.