Stirm Pinot Noir 2019
Santa Lucia Highlands
Led by the eponymous Ryan Stirm, this Pinot comes from one of my favorite "natural" wine producers in California. I bracket "natural" to convey that their wines aren't funky, cloudy, or otherwise questionable – all the vineyards they use are organic or biodynamic, their processes completely natural, their wines clean, precise, and delicious.
They work with some of the most historic vineyard sites in California, from historic Zinfandel from the Wirz Vineyard in the Cienega Valley to their wonderful dry Riesling from the Kick-On Ranch in Santa Barbara. Their heralded Pinot Noirs and Rieslings are elegant, long-aging, and among the finest examples of natural wine excellence.
Until now available only directly through the winery, this Pinot Noir hails from the picturesque, breezy Santa Lucia Highlands. Bright, juicy, aromatic and fresh. The grapes are picked by hand and transferred to large redwood fermenter – classic Californian and super rare to see. They age the wine for 10-year-old barrels for eight months before bottling with zero fining or filtration.
Stirm's Pinots are already hard to get and run $45/bottle or more – we're fortunate enough to have the first widespread offering of this 145-case production Pinot. Not only is it a fraction of their other bottlings, this is the only place you'll find it!