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Vergari Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain Van Der Kamp Vineyard 2006

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92 points PinotReport: Medium ruby color; deep, red cherry aromas with herbal and gamey notes; deep red cherry flavors; earthy, gamey notes, sweet oak, good structure and balance; long finish... one of the most distinctive vineyards in California. Earthy, game flavors are a signature of the Van der Kamp Vineyard. 125 cases made. (10/15/09)

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Winery: Vergari Wines
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Vergari Wines:
Founded in 2003 by owner/winemaker David Vergari, Vergari Wines strives to produce Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards that are exclusively suited to those varietals. David shepards the wine from vine to bottle, ages them solely in French oak barrels and trusts that if he’s doing his job well, each wine will display its own “voice” – its own distinctive and unique character. While ... Read more
Founded in 2003 by owner/winemaker David Vergari, Vergari Wines strives to produce Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards that are exclusively suited to those varietals. David shepards the wine from vine to bottle, ages them solely in French oak barrels and trusts that if he’s doing his job well, each wine will display its own “voice” – its own distinctive and unique character. While studying Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis, David interned at Sonoma-Cutrer and The Hess Collection in Napa Valley, and worked abroad at Coldstream Hills in Australia and Covisa in Spain. Landing back in California, David worked his way up to Research Enologist at Joseph Phelps Vineyard before moving to Rutz Cellars in the Russian River Valley, where he not only became the winemaker, but honed his skills and appreciation for Pinot Noir. Then, after four years as Head Winemaker at Maddalena Vineyards, David decided to launch his own label, Vergari Wines. In his spare time, David acts as a consulting winemaker and teaches extension wine courses at UC Irvine. David ascribes his life-long interest in wine at least in part to his Italian ancestry. His first memory of wine goes back to when he was five years old, in his great-uncle’s cellar in San Francisco tasting "Dago Red" - cut with water, of course! For a while in his twenties he worked as a financial analyst, but winemaking was in his blood, and inevitably he decided to change careers and follow his passion. David makes his wines at Owl Ridge Wine Services in Sebastopol, California, formerly co-owned by friends and fellow winemakers Greg LaFollette and Greg Bjornstad. David became fast friends with the two Gregs while attending UC Davis and vowed that one day he would make wine at their facility. The third generation of his family from western Sonoma County, David divides his time between the winery and vineyards in Northern California and his home life with wife Katie Orth in Sierra Madre, Southern California. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Vergari Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain Van Der Kamp Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.50 5
12/09/2010

Unusually pale in color but wildly aromatic with earthy, floral and chalky soil tones. This opens with sweet fruit and vibrant acidity that adds tremendous lift on the mid-palate. A touch of VA but the fruit is light and pure with transparent cranberry tones and some gentle beetroot and herb backing notes. There’s a touch of astringency on the backend and then tremendous acids on the finish. Decidedly not for everyone, but this is the kind of wine that really pops with the right food. With time this adds some skunky herb tones and a little root beer on the mid-palate. Divisive wine. 91pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
03/31/2010

Light brown ruby color, good acidic body. The fruit aromatics are pretty excellent. Raspberry, lemon, orange.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
04/02/2010

aromas of cherries, raspberries, light black pepper notes with little hints of cassis. damp earth on the palate, fungal combined with some spices and red cherries, med+ acidity, delicate composition



92 points PinotReport: Medium ruby color; deep, red cherry aromas with herbal and gamey notes; deep red cherry flavors; earthy, gamey notes, sweet oak, good structure and balance; long finish... one of the most distinctive vineyards in California. Earthy, game flavors are a signature of the Van der Kamp Vineyard. 125 cases made. (10/15/09)

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