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We met Picayune Vineyards co-owner Jennifer Roberts at the Family Winemakers tasting in Pomona almost exactly a year ago. We loved their pinot noir and their story is great. Jennifer and her partner in wine, Claire Weinkauf, both have a long history in the California wine industry. A few years ago, after “a few too many glasses of sauvignon blanc,” they decided to open a winery. And we are all better off because of that sauvignon blanc.
The Picayune 2014 Sonoma Coast pinot noir ($29) is the bright, fresh pinots we expect from Sonoma Coast. Opening with aromas of bing cherries and rose petals, the wine develops spice, cacao, and black cherries on the palate. Luscious tannins with a great acid balance make for a terrific experience.
Major bargain. $15 shipping for up to six bottles in California. Jennifer and Claire are doing something interesting with shipping charges. They seem to be charging roughly actual cost. Which means those in California pay less than the rest of the country. We advise taking advantage of this price discrimination since it favors us!