This bright and compelling 2014 vintage showcases the ultimate capability of our Eighth Street Vineyard. The wine is a deep ruby color that leads with gripping aromas of five spice and wild berries. It evolves with notes of tobacco leaf and violet flowers, while the long finish reveals pomegranate and black plum. A familiar core of vibrant minerality brings you back to its single vineyard heritance.
Wines from the part of the vineyard tend to be wound tight, and just waking up and opening now.
Really plush mouthfeel. Nice weight, great texture, layering of tannins. Elegance with California fruit basket.
Pomegranate, Strawberry, Grinding with Cherry, Anise, Cinnamon, black plum
Vineyard and Winemaker’s Notes
Cultivating balance in the vineyard requires listening to your intuition as much as your vines. With the assistance of Andrew Avellar from Carneros Vineyard Management, we sustainably farm 8.5 acres of an ancient riverbed, located in the heart of Sonoma County’s Carneros appellation. Our 100% Pinot Noir vineyard is divided into four distinct blocks, and planted with a field blend of two Burgundian clones from the Cote d’Or that are ideally suited to our soils and location. Clone 667 gives us beautiful acidity, great structure, small clusters, intense color and a long finish, while clone 115 helps us achieve a sophisticated elegance and incredible aromatics. Together, these clones produce a wine with complex synergies and exceptional balance. We meticulously tend our vines throughout the year, thinning the crop dramatically to ensure they produce no more than 2 to 2.5 tons per acre. We then hand-pick based solely on flavor, harvesting selected blocks over the course of multiple nights to capture and preserve the freshness and purity of night-chilled fruit.
Hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed, this remarkable wine is aged for 15 months in French oak and rests at least one year in bottle before release. Our estate Pinot is crafted to show incredibly well upon release and age beautifully for a decade or more.
Cherry picked from favorite two back blocks from the rocky Creekside. (Other winery was Banshee that received the fruit. )
VSP (vertical shoot positioning)
Farmed by Carneros Vineyard Management – Andrew Avellar; same people that farm Hanzell; partner Scribe with mariani.
Balance is a profound and elusive state where science, art, belief and actions align. It’s this beautiful state of balance that we strive for in our wines.
Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz guides every step of the winemaking process at Attune. With each decision on technique and timing, he focuses on finding harmony between power and elegance, structure and finesse.
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@mrn1 Yeah, I wonder if there’s a trend in plantings / consumer tastes that we’re benefiting from. Remember how in 2009/10 you could get these amazing values on Cali Cabs and such because there had been a large increase in such plantings, combined with economic downturn, meant stinker for vintners but great for consumers.
So, is this just a great time to be into and to stock up on Pinot Noir? Maybe consumer palettes have been moving in a different direction, but Williamette Valley has increased output, other vintners made big Sideways move to Pinot, etc., all combining to give us this opportunity? Might this be the golden era of Pinot stocking up?
If my theory is correct, we should all just buy tons of whatever Pinot Casemates puts up here. @Winedavid49, you’re an expert, and totally neutral, tell us: Do you think my theory is sound?
I am not really feeling this one. Seriously considering a SIWBM to go with the SWMBOIWBM that is supposed to already be in place. My turn to buy for our group so I am hoping for a must-buy in the near future and then I might tap out for awhile, although I could probably sneak in a share or two with you guys over the next couple months before I start buying again.
@mrn1 I feel the same as @chipgreen and @pjmartin. I’d like to sit this one out too! With all the wine I have and this being a 2014, I need to start looking at more recent vintages! Also I as a former smoker, I shy away from tobacco/tobacco leaf smells and tastes while liking clean cherry and or strawberry profiles in my Pinot Noirs.
Wife just got her knee replacement, waiting for her to get out of recovery so I thought I’d check in to see what’s up! Shhhh, don’t let the wife know, but I think she’d be happy that I didn’t order more wine!!
14.2% alc., 320 cases, $48. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose offers little fruit respite, featuring primarily aromas of oak, campfire and vanilla. Better on the mid weighted palate with a juicy core of fresh black cherry and black raspberry fruit, but the fruit is buried in heavy oak overlay. There are some good features here including a silky mouthfeel and well honed tannins as well as some finishing generosity, but the oak spoils the experience. The winery’s name, Attune, means bring into balance, but this wine doesn’t quite live up to the name. Score: 87. Reviewed September 24, 2017
First time ratting here but a long time lurker/buyer on Casemates/Woot. Super excited to be a rat. Here it goes…
Wife and I-We both enjoy richer/chewy wines and drink a lot of Zin. Generally, we don’t run to the PNs when we are looking for our favorite bottle but we do enjoy them.
Color/First Look-Surprisingly dark garnet color. More viscus than I would have expected for a Sonoma PN.
Initial Nose-WHOA! AHH! Yum…Right out of the gate we both got big(for PN grape) fruits. Super ripe dark red strawberry, maybe even strawberry jam : / We both even thought we go some blackberry :0 After we looked up the wine we saw plum in the tasting notes which I agree with, not blackberry.
Initial Sips-A bit of alcohol but nothing crazy. Still really big and jammy for a PN. We both are really enjoying this wine. My wife(who I think is a supertaster and does not love PN) said after her first sip, “Wow, this is GREAT.” Again, more deeper fruits.
As the night wore on the alcohol subsided to a well-balanced delicious fruit forward PN. Before looking we both pinned this in the $30+ range. Man, what a steal at $13.33. 100% in for a case.
This is definitely not your light elegant PN so if you like a PN that you can sink your teeth into this is for you. I must say, this was one of our more favorite PN I have had in a while.
This is a review of a 2014 Attune Pinot Noir, by a married couple who enjoy the company of good wine(a lot) but are not even close to wine tasting experts.
Our first impression, we noticed a rich deep color, with a gentle nose. After decanting for about 30 minutes, we took our first sips. The smooth cherry beginning opens up to a warm, toasty body with a short finish. This was a very enjoyable wine. This easy drinking wine is great for pairing, or simply by itself.
At the price per case, we are definitely in for a case.
@losthighwayz One rat above mentions toasty. Looking around because I’m wondering too found a couple notes on Vivino which I really never pay any attention to that site. One says “Nice toasty notes, short finish.”
The other says “Beautiful toasty vanilla french oak. Beautiful balanced, not overly fruity. Easy drinking and balanced. Happy to have found this Pinot.”
@kaolis@losthighwayz We are not professional tasters, we have words for some stuff that in hindsight maybe doesn’t translate correctly. This wine tasted warm and toasty to us, like cuddling in a cabin in the winter with a big blanket over you. There wasn’t any oak on the nose that we noticed. Although the body tastes big/furry/warm,the finish is very short though, as we mentioned. I hope that clears up any question.
Hmm. Kenneth and I have been drinking this over the last few weeks. I can personally say, I haven’t had the experience that the oak was the prominent character at all. We find that this vineyard and the dijon clone are slow to open and find the wine is drinking great now, and on par with any premium Carneros Pinot producer - especially for the price. The french barrels we use are medium toast, fine grain purposely for low impact and not heavy toast…wanted to share my input.
(And the package is beautiful)
Not sure these were shared…
92 PTS James Sucking
A firm and juicy pinot with some plum and dried strawberry character, mushroom and spice. Medium body. Savoy finish. A little tannic now. Better in 2019.
Ok, it’s $14.33 a bottle at case price. Add your tax. For what seems to be at the least another darn good cellar defender from what we can tell. At $15 I don’t need to contemplate life, I can just throw it at a bbq and be happy. I love pinot with ribs
And I have a feeling you may want to tuck one or two away for awhile.
Fought it as long as I could… but the pricing on this is insane. My wife is going to kill me… at least I still had my $8 coupon from the stemless glasses I also didn’t need.
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I’m holding bottles for Sekraan, but need to pass on the purchase as I’ll be out of town for a bit coming up and don’t want to jeopardize delivery.
I’m local to Mira Mesa, around Qualcomm, area during work hours.
I also could take fewer if either of you wants additional.
I love this Pinot. Powerful for a Pinot, but it still has an elegance to it. Defiantly a true representation of Carneros. In my opinion, this wine is ready to drink now. Attune is defiantly a winery to keep an eye on.
@ deadlyapp @coryczorna@Winedavid49 Just a vintage change looks like to me. This 2014 was also all Eighth Street Vineyard pretty sure. Just wasn’t designated as such. The 2015 is probably a pretty solid substitute, good reviews out there on it. Of course no one likes pro reviews