O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine from the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA
Family-owned. Limited production. Hidden treasure.
About the Vineyard
Over 20 years of growing in the Green Valley
We grow our vines on four acres in the heart of the Green Valley sub-appellation of Russian River AVA. Almost 30 years ago, we replaced our 100 year-old apple orchard in the rolling dales outside of Sebastopol in Sonoma County with vineyards. After a few years selling our Pinot Noir to other wineries, our dream came true with the production of our first vintage of O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir in 2005, always sourced exclusively from our four acres, which are planted on Pommard, 115 and 777 clones, and aged over 12 months in French oak barrels.
Vineyard managed by Eric Neil, Alta Vineyard Management.
The fruit from our vineyard embodies the traits of the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA, one of the world's finest growing regions for Pinot Noir grapes. The small grapes consistently produce a deep, ruby color and intense fruit flavors of cherry, blackberry, and pomegranate balanced by smooth acidity and structure and a welcome note of spice.
We invite you to visit our vineyard and taste our wine by appointment.
- James and Mary O'Connor
1444 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol
O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Score 90 - Retail price: $33
"A commendable wine that is well crafted. Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Classically Russian River Valley in character, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, spice and a hint of dark chocolate and toasty oak. Nicely balanced, with silky tannins and some finishing length."
- The Pinot File
371 cases. Eric Buffington, winemaker.
O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013
Score 93 - "Cellar Selection"- Retail price $35
"A small-production wine from longtime growers, this is light and herbal, integrated in wood and tannin. It's vibrant and fresh on the palate and nose in plum and wild strawberry. High in gentle acidity, it provides a note of black tea and earthy truffle on the finish. Drink now through 2021."
- Wine Enthusiast
"Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Lovely aromas of Bing cherry, baking and wood spices and sandalwood.The cherry cola essence charges out of the bottle initially in a light to mid weight style wine that is fresh and juicy. There is noticeable but not imposing oak infusion and the gentle tannins in the background provide adequate structure. This wine has a classic Russian River Valley profile in a more feminine style. Score: 90."
- Pinot File (Prince of Pinot)
340 cases. Ron Johnson, winemaker.
Our new label celebrates our new winemaker, our son-in-law, Ron Johnson. He has been a craft beer brewer and Pinot Noir winemaker for over 20 years.
O'Connor Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Score 93 - Retail price $35
"Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price. Score: 93."
- Pinot File (Prince of Pinot)
414 cases. Ron Johnson, winemaker.
Pommard, 115 and 777 clones.
14.2% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.66. Harvest Brix 25.2º.
Aged 18 months in French oak barrels.
bottle (750 ml) - $29
3+ bottles - $27 / bottle
case - $300
bottle (750 ml) - $32
3+ bottles - $30 / bottle
case - $336
bottle (750 ml) - $35
case - $420
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