This elegant wine is a study in balance and complexity. Ruby red color with exotic aromas of incense, Asian spice, white pepper, rose petal, and soil. Thrilling mocha, chocolate, mint, and maple syrup flavors all contribute to a rich and powerful wine that is built to last. Pure boysenberry, blueberry, and mandarin orange fruit join with tea leaf on the slightly chalky finish. The Wiley Vineyard bottling is accessible today yet it will age gracefully.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2017
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 20 & 26, 2017
  • Release DatesMarch 1, 2019
  • Alcohol/PH/TA12.5% / 3.34 / 6.5g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced448 6/750 mL

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Critical Acclaim

The wines show deft integration of oak, judicious use of whole cluster fermentation, pleasant aromatics, flavor without weight, and bright acidity for refreshing drinking. Derek definitely has something going here and I would recommend the Pinot Noirs without reservations.

— Rusty Gaffney, The Pinot File

Wines from the likes of producers such as Rhys, Kalin Cellars, Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Copain and Littorai are really stunning testaments to just what is possible when pinot noir is planted in the right places in California and produced in such a way as to maximize its varietal purity and transparency of soil signature. Newcomers (at least to me) such as Poe Vineyards, Kendric Vineyards, Knez Winery and Bravium show that this varietal is really coming of age in several different regions of California.

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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