"Coming from the Anderson Valley, the 2018 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters has textbook savory, herbal, mineral style as well as wonderful darker cherry and exotic blueberry fruits, medium to full body, loads of floral and violet nuances, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's up-front and fruit-forward, yet it has plenty of tannins as well as remarkable purity and freshness. Drink this singular Pinot Noir over the coming 7-8 years." - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, July 2021
Velvet Sisters Vineyard
Wines From This Vineyard
"This alluring and hedonistic wine has amazing extract and purity of fruit focus. Vibrant fruit aromas of black cherry, blueberry, anise and violets harmonize with subtle cinnamon stick notes. The captivating aromas lead into equally vibrant flavors of berries and allspice in this sensuously elegant Pinot Noir." - Jeff Stewart and Tiaan Lordan, Winemakers
In the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, some local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, developed in the late 1800s. The "Velvet Sisters" are local historical figures who, in Boontling lore, became known for wearing plush, velvety dresses that they had purchased on a trip to British Columbia.
We receive grapes from a small hillside vineyard block at the "Deep End" of the Anderson Valley that we call "Velvet Sisters" in tribute to the Anderson Valley history and the wine's plush velvety texture. This vineyard, located near the town of Philo, is planted to the Dijon clone 115 and the Pommard clones of Pinot Noir. We feel this vineyard and the aforementioned clones are influential in producing a wine with lively fruit aromas and a silky texture, exemplary of the best of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.