92 Points-The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Gold Medal Winner- 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Very Good"- Wine Enthusiast
92 Insider Points
The 2013 Pinot from Paul Dolan is a perfect representation of coastal fruit from Potter Valley in Mendocino County. Notes of black tea, dried herbs and graphite linger behind fresh red cherry and cranberry, showing even more complexity on the palate. Layers of plum, cola and forest floor develop as the wine breathes, and the balance of acidity, fruit and tannin lasts through the juicy finish. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2016
Potter Valley, Mendocino, California
Winning a Gold Medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was no sweat for this characterful Mendocino Pinot, made by veteran winemaker Paul Dolan from amazing source fruit in Potter Valley.
“Tempting aromas of cherries, raspberries, earth and light spices precede lively flavors of cherry, cinnamon and clove. These partner with medium body and a gentle texture,” writes the Wine Enthusiast. A second rave review for a wine with just one wee fault—not near enough of it was made!
Mendocino Pinot is hardly a secret anymore—thanks to a dozen or so well-established names making delicious dark and brooding Pinot from mountain-grown fruit. Potter Valley, however, is still a newly emerging AVA, and one that has absolutely everything going for it when it comes to cool-climate Pinot Noir. Snaking through the valley is the relatively small Eel River, which regardless of water flow manages to have a big impact on the climate here (along with the East Fork of the Russian River), keeping the temperature cool and moist. Additionally, Potter Valley vineyards sit at a higher elevation than other Mendo AVAs, another significant factor and one that results in a deceptively delicate though profound red wine.
Paul Dolan is a true pioneer. As the former CEO of Fetzer Vineyards (a producer that spearheaded organic grape growing in California) Dolan has enjoyed a 35-years-and-running career in biodynamic agriculture and is now fixated on fashioning boutique wines that are just as sustainably produced at his eponymous winery. We are always thrilled to bring Dolan’s limited releases to our Members.
Reasons why we love it:
More accolades from the press. This received 92 points from The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge; 89 points from the Wine Enthusiast, and according to Restaurant Wine: "...full-bodied, ripe and elegant in character (red currant, strawberry, cherry, nutmeg), with good balance and a long finish."
Paul Dolan does without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Like all of this Dolan’s releases, this wine was made with 100% organically grown grapes.
The Wine Spectator writes that “2013 was nearly an ideal season, with moderate temperatures and no rain or heat extremes” in the Mendocino Valley.
Harvested from Mendocino County’s famed Pinot Noir regions, the Paul Dolan Vineyards Pinot Noir wine exemplifies classic varietal expression with bright strawberry-rhubarb flavors accented by elegant aromas of leather and sweet cocoa dust.
Paul Dolan Vineyards farms without pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Using nature as the inspiration and guide, Dolan crafts wines of character and purity.
“After tasting the real difference between organic and conventionally farmed grapes, side by side in a sun-drenched vineyard in 1987, my entire way of thinking about grape growing changed. The organic grapes were expressive, interesting and balanced while the conventionally farmed grapes were bland and insipid,” says Paul Dolan.
Delicious alongside oasted meats and winter root vegetables.