Promise The Love Pinot Noir 2014
The Bucher Vineyard lends aromatics of salt and sand, damp cave walls of a low tide, hints of ripe plum, cherry candle and the intoxicating incense of subtle, wet moss. As the wine evolves, a floral bouquet pronounced with pale violet works its way to the dark surface with each sip. The flood of flavor on the palate initially showcases black cherry, then builds to a crescendo of supporting fruit—fresh blackberry, ripe strawberry, zippy red currants, and then evocative earthy and savory characteristics: dried herb, anise, soy and milk chocolate. Moments like these are what truly excite Pinotphiles.
On their wedding day more than twelve years ago, he married the love of his life and, sharing his passion, she made him promise that he would someday pursue his dream of making wine. Her love, support and wisdom gave Stephen balance and allowed him to realize what was important in life. It was these very gifts that catalyzed his journey.
Together they are blessed to have created a beautiful life, cherishing each other, their two girls, loving family, wonderful friends and careers that have reaped great success and rewards.
When he was working in the entertainment industry he realized that he had been caught up in a work induced "race to nowhere". His spirit was depleted. It was Jen that helped him understand what was real, that there was more out there, more fulfillment to have, more impact to make, more life to live. In working to help restore balance in his life, she has taught him to remain passionate about the things that are truly meaningful; Family, Friends, and of course, wine.
The Rutherford sub-region of Napa Valley centers on the town of Rutherford and covers some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard real estate, spanning from the Mayacamas in the west, to the Vaca Mountains on the other side of the valley.
Inside of the Rutherford AVA, bordering the Mayacamas, is a stretch of uplands called the Rutherford Bench. (These bench lands technically run the length of Oakville as well). Mountain runoff creates deep, well-drained, alluvial soils on the bench, giving vine roots plenty of reason to permeate deep into the ground. The result is wine with great structure and complexity.
Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingons and Bordeaux Blends garner substantial attention for their enticing fragrances of dusty earth and dried herbs, broad and juicy mid-palates and lush and fine-grained tannins. The sub-appellation claims some of the valley’s most prized vineyards today, namely Caymus, Rubicon and Beckstoffer Georges III.
It is also home to Napa’s most influential and historic personalities. Thomas Rutherford, responsible for the appellation's name, made serious investments here in grape growing and wine production between the years of 1850 to 1880. Gustave Niebaum purchased a large swath of land and completed his winery in 1887, calling it “Inglenook.” Today this remains the oldest bonded winery in California. Georges Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, making it the oldest continuous winery in the state. Latour also hired the famous enologist, André Tchelistcheff, a man credited for single-handedly defining the modern Napa winemaking style.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”