Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points
“Made by Simone Faury (the winemaker at Crown Point in Santa Barbara), the 2017 Pinot Noir Siebert Vineyard has a beautifully feral, Burgundian bouquet of black cherries, wild raspberries, sappy flowers, damp forest floor, and bouquet garni. With a layered, medium-bodied texture, plenty of tannins, and beautiful balance, this smoking Pinot Noir has one foot in California and one foot in Burgundy. Drink it over the coming decade. It's a hidden little gem of a wine.”
Normally $80...today $39!! From ex-Merryvale winemaker Simon Faury, this single-vineyard pinot will transport you to Burgundy!
A winemaker on the rise, Simon’s killer Pinot Noir Siebert Vineyard is a rarity indeed...but at this price?! Simon Faury is a French-born winemaking savant - his resume includes Domaine de Chevalier, Château Pichon Longueville, Bodega Michel Rolland in Mendoza, Robert Mondavi, The Napa Valley Reserve and Harlan Estate, and most recently, Crown Point with Philippe Melka. This gorgeous, wildly complex pinot is the second release under his own label, Domaine Faury-Gros. This has the nuance of a great Burgundy with the concentration and power of California's best. It's good to be a Napa local --- how else would we have found this gem!?
Just 5 barrels of this single vineyard, single block wine were made for the world. Deeply concentrated with impeccable balance, there is savory herb, briary fruit and a forest floor component that sets this apart. It has a crazy-long, layered finish - this just begs for a roasted rosemary chicken or even herb roasted pork loin. It has more stuffing and tannin than many CA pinots and that is quite deliberate, according to Simon. He has done his best to make a wine that is both enjoyable upon release, and mind-blowing with ample cellaring. BRAVO! While it lasts...!