Twin Oaks Cellars: Two Stellar Pinot Noirs

Twin Oaks CellarsWe are big fans of this California boutique winery that produces small quantities of high quality Pinot Noir. Twin Oaks Cellars is owned and operated by Mark Weiner who does a magnificent job in selecting top quality vineyards and hand crafting his vineyard-designated wines. Mark’s Pinot Noir winemaking skills were acquired working with Ed Kurtzman, Brian Loring, Adam Lee and other top producers. He has chosen to remain a small producer in order to focus on producing unique, artisanal wines from great fruit sources. These two releases are single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Rita Hills, both outstanding growing areas for Pinot. The famed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, highlighted in our Report # 20, is the source of Mark’s Santa Lucia Highlands fruit. The organically farmed La Encantada Vineyard is the fruit source for the Santa Rita Hills. Both the Sleepy Hollow and La Encantada vineyards are located in the coolest parts of their respective appellations.
Winery Telephone: 408-356-5998

Twin Oaks Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir
Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($42) 92

This Pinot Noir from the outstanding Sleepy Hollow Vineyard offers aromas of brambly black cherry fruit, earth, and tea framed in Mark Weiner’s carefully selected François Freres and Remond oak. On the palate, it reveals excellent balance and acidity with perfect integration of fruit and oak and an appealing tartness. It also has an impressive long finish. Excellent.

Twin Oaks Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir
La Encantada Vineyard Santa Rita Hills ($42) 91

The La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir exhibits big cherry fruit on the nose that is mirrored on the palate. Ruby red in color, it combines purity of red berry fruit, the elegance of polished tannins, and a very soft and long lasting finish. For all of its softness the wine still has the acidity and structure required to go well with food.

Written by Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler, March 2010