Overview

This elegant wine is a study in balance and complexity. 30% whole clusters were included in small stainless steel fermenters, with each vineyard block being fermented separately. Ruby red color with exotic aromas of lilac, rose petals, Asian spice, and soil. Red and blue fruits dominate the flavors, joined by mandarin orange notes on the slightly chalky finish. The Wiley Vineyard bottling is accessible today, yet it will age gracefully.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2018
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 27 & 30, 2018
  • Release DatesFebruary 1, 2020
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.1% / 3.4 / 6.1g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced449 6/750 mL

Download Notes

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Critical Acclaim

Light garnet color in the glass. The wine leads with scents of cherry, pine sap and toasty oak. Light in weight with a core of dark red cherry fruit flavor, underlain with notes of spice and earthiness. Easy to cozy up to with very fine grain tannins and cool-climate freshness. Finishes long with lip-smacking vibrancy. Score: 92

— 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

The Wiley Vineyard is closer to the ocean than Signal Ridge and is even a bit cooler as a result, so the 2018 pinot noir here from Bravium comes in at a very refined 13.1 percent octane this year. The nose is more transparent than the Signal Ridge out of the blocks, offering up a beautiful bouquet of strawberries, cherries, beetroot, fresh thyme, a touch of orange zest, cloves, gentle smokiness and a gorgeous base of soil elements. On the palate the wine is bright, full- bodied, soil-driven and tangy, with a nice touch of youthful Mendocino weediness on the backend, suave tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, balanced and complex finish. This will drink a few years ahead of the Signal Ridge bottling, but last every bit as long. First class juice! 2026-2055+. Score: 93 Points.

— - John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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