- Producer: Soliste - read about the Estate
- Vigneron: Claude Koeberle
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Sonoma Coast)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 63 cases
- Winery location: Geyserville, Sonoma
- Owners: Claude Koeberle & Donal Plumley
- First vintage: 2010
- Drinking window: 2019-2026+
About The Wine:
In Burgundy, a winemaker may reserve a special barrel for friends and family. They call this barrel Soliste. SOLITAIRE defines the origin and the promise of Soliste. From one barrel only 56 cases of 750s and 54 Magnums of Solitaire were produced.
2014 had a moderate winter resulting in an earlier start to the vintage. We enjoyed a cool spring and a good fruit set. Overall it was a temperate, gentle growing season that helped to nurture complexity, length, and concentration along with quality and consistency both in and among our vineyards. While the persistent drought was concerning in some areas, our cool, coastal sites remained unaffected – in fact Solitaire’s vineyard was and remains dry farmed – no irrigation.
Beginning with the 2009 vintage Don and Claude made the decision to return to the roots of Burgundy and the craftsmanship of the Cistercian monks of Vougeot to focus on single clones from single vineyards and matured in single cooperage. The limited production MonoClone Pinot Noirs reflect their commitment to harness the purity and complexity of one clone from one vineyard. The Mariafeld 23 clone is used for the Fôret Pinot Noir.
Soliste Solitaire Pinot Noir 2014
"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose is focused on aromas of spiced black cherries, plum, vanilla and sous-bois. Very elegantly composed, with dark cherry and plum fruits engaging from entry to exit. Glorious flavors with whole cluster nuances, impeccable balance, and a cherry-fueled finish that never gives up. This wine has a spring in its step and is even more enticing when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine will slay any appetite for Burgundian Pinot Noir."
95 points, William Gaffney (Prince of Pinot, Dec. 2017)