92 Insider Points
Grafting is an Essential Part of Grapegrowing. Graft is an Essential Pinot.
There are a handful of excellent quality Pinot Noirs that come with reasonable price tags. We scored big when we got our hands on Graft's single-vineyard label. It's this kind of Pinot that'll keep me coming back.
A fresh berry bouquet starts us off, with hints of mushroom and flowers. On the palate, ripe strawberries and red currants are complimented by an earthy undertone of fall leaves. Light-medium bodied with smooth tannins and a long, fruit-driven finish. Drinking great now, Graft delivers.
92 Points - JZ December '17
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
$0 SHIPPING Selection (6+/btls)
It’s a special combination of site and grape that make this the powerhouse wine that caught our sourcing by surprise. The tiny End of Stori Vineyard is planted to primarily clone 777 Pinot Noir. The powerhouse grape made Burgundy famous (or is that the other way around?) shines with robust character and remarkable elegance in End of Stori.
Structured and complex, Graft produced this Pinot to showcase its inherent elegance. The essence of each grape from a special place. Three incredibly talented people, the pairing of site and clone, and a singular bottle of Pinot that inspires greatness.
Why we love it:
- In the quaint benchlands of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley lies a secret parcel. The End of Stori vineyard sits in the tiny town of Graton. This vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir. And not just any Pinot, it consists largely of the acclaimed 777 clone of Pinot.
- The 777 Pinot Noir clone is famous for a few reasons. The most important of which is its ability to make the international superstar Burgundies that we all know and love. The clonal origin is Morey St Denis, where winemakers have perfected their vines for generations. As the great vines of Europe have made their way to California soils, the new earth and incredible weather coaxes a different character from the vines of old.
- It’s this combination of site and grape that makes this bottle special. And its scarcity (only 143 cases produced) doesn’t hurt either. But such greatness requires a specialized touch. Ryan Prichard, Sheri Sarkoob, and Diego Roig have each followed a unique path into wine. And where their paths crossed, Graft was born.
The nose exhibits classic Russian River red fruit character, with a slight floral note and hints of exotic spice and forest floor. The mid palate is well structured with beautiful flavors of red berry fruit. There is a silkiness to the texture, with excellent balance, a layering of flavors, fine-grained tannins and a long, complex finish.
From the winery:
Graft Wines is a partnership between Ryan Prichard, Sheri Zarkoob and Diego Roig. We met as harvest interns at Williams-Selyem in 2008, forming a friendship that resulted in the formation of a wine label! Our backgrounds are unique and varied and we each arrived in the wine industry after a taking a few detours. Luckily, we share a common passion for wine (and food!) and believe that our individual tastes and backgrounds all contribute to making a better wine. Please click on each of our names to learn a little more about each of us.
This wine pairs beautifully with roasted duck, turkey, leg of lamb or salmon.