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Ryan Cochrane Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2015  - Invino

Ryan Cochrane Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2015

Pinot Noir  |  US


This wine hails from Solomon Hills Vineyard, which many consider a “Grand Cru” of the Santa Maria Valley region and is owned by the same family behind the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard. Ryan was a successful ad and marketing exec in San Francisco who decided to change careers and follow his passion for wine. He contacted Roger Nicolas at RN Estate in Paso Robles and asked if he could intern with him. Ryan was attracted to Roger’s “do everything yourself approach” and was an uber-fan of his wine. He eventually started to create his own wines on the side and it was history from there. Ryan has since passed on but his wines and the legacy he left will live on forever!

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About the Producer

From Ryan Cochrane: "I make hand-crafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in extremely small quantities. With grapes sourced from the best vineyards I can get my hands on, I produce food-friendly, structured wines that reflect the sites from which they originated. More importantly, I just want to create wines that make people smile. Back in 2009, I wasn’t smiling a lot. The advertising agency I was working at had just imploded. I started freelancing, but it was a bad time for work in San Francisco. I had always dreamed about making wine, so one foggy morning in July, I decided to stop dreaming about it and do it for reals. I contacted Roger Nicolas at RN Estate in Paso Robles and asked if I could intern with him. Roger makes beautiful wines, but I was equally enamored of his DEY (do everything yourself) approach to his business. For some reason, he bought my BS and took me on. That year, I helped in all phases of harvest, from vineyard work in the spring to pressing and barreling in the fall. I came back to RNE in 2010, and made 24.5 cases of my inaugural Pinot Noir on the side. In 2011, I tripled my production and was promoted to Roger’s assistant winemaker. I made two different Pinots in 2012 and my very first Chardonnay in 2013. All from two of the most extraordinary vineyards in Santa Barbara County. I can’t wait to share my wines with you."

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The eponymous winemaker of this brand is based in San Francisco, from which, in this bottling, he turns out a stunner. Focused, intense, energetic and yet delicate, the nose is full of just-ripe raspberries, bay leaf, thyme, eucalyptus and chipped slate. A sip reveals crushed herbs galore, from oregano to anise, set against tart pomegranate and red plums. Menthol shows on the finish.

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerRyan Cochrane
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia Central Coast
  • AppellationSanta Maria Valley
  • VineyardSolomon Hills
  • Aging/Cooperage10 months in French oak barrels
  • Alcohol13.5%