Blair Estate 2017 Pinot Noir "The Reserve", Delfina's Vineyard

Friends,

“Reserve” is a title that is thrown around pretty liberally in the wine industry, often without a whole lot of meaning. Most terms on a wine label have solid statistics or legal requirements behind them. For the wine to be called Pinot Noir, it needs to be at least 75% of that varietal. To list an official AVA like Arroyo Seco, at least 85% of the grapes have to come from within that appellation’s boundaries. But “Reserve” in the U.S. has no such definition, no required components. For the most part, it is simply a marketing moniker.

Until now. “The Reserve” is Blair Estate’s ultimate Pinot Noir. Everything about this wine is exceptional. “The Reserve” designation here has real meaning. Simply put, it is hand selected from the very best vines each vintage – held in “reserve” for special treatment and special occasions.

Here’s an excerpt from my vineyard log book from the 2017 vintage: “October 17. Walking Delfina’s, I left the refractometer behind and hand sampled for the very best grapes. Trusting my palate, I selected just enough fruit for four barrels worth of truly exceptional Pinot Noir. Clone 115 came from rows 16.  Row56 gave us Clone 777. Clone 667 came from row 43. Pommard 4 off the south block row 73. Clone 828 from row 25. Clone 943 from row 3 and "DRC" clone from row 15  .” These were the grapes destined for this second ever “The Reserve” release.

Only 100 cases were produced of Blair Estate 2017 “The Reserve.” The 2017 "The Reserve has recieved 91 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a Double Gold from the 2022 Denver Interanational Wine Competition. This is the Blair family’s ultimate statement in Pinot Noir from the Arroyo Seco – clearly putting the vineyard and the appellation on the map with California’s very best PN locales.

Respectfully, Jeffrey Blair

  "Dried cherry and candied berry aromas are elevated by sagebrush and rugged pine needle on the nose of this bottling.  Tart cranberry and red-plum-skin flavors are sharp on the palate yet balanced by the rustic earth and meat angles, as bay leaf lingers long into the finish." Matt Kettmann

Price: $70.00
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Blair Estate 2017 Pinot Noir, Delfina's Vineyard

From the bud break through bloom and all the way through ripening 2017 was a fun growing year. It was one of those years that really showed the diversity of the location of different clones in Delfina's Vineyard.  This is our flag ship Pinot Noir from our little piece of heaven affectionatlly named after our beloved Matriarch.  The vineyard is planted to clones: Pommard 4, 115, 667, 777, 828, 943 & DRC.  They each have their own special influence on this estate grown Pinot Noir. 

"Tart cherry, grapefruit peel and light red-flower aromas meet with an earthy edge on the nose of this bottling. There is ample umami on the sip, with soy-like flavors that cruise through cranberry, citrus peel and herb elements." Matt Kettman

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Members: $40.00

Blair Estate 2017 Pinot Noir 115/828/DRC

Attempting to showcase the interaction of different clones with their interaction with the micro-terroirs of the vineyard is the goal. This 3 clone Pinot Noir of 115 - 828 - DRC is an intense Pinot Noir yet delicate and balanced in true Delfina's Vineyard style.  Long on the finish with hints of spice and strawberry are balaanced with just the right amount of acidity. 

"Roasted tomato, rust and stewed-plum aromas arise on the nose of this bottling, which is showing its age. Seared strawberry, oregano and marjoram flavors pop with light pepper on the complex palate."  Matt Kettman

Price: $55.00  add to cart
Members: $44.00

Blair Estate 2017 Pinot Noir P4/828/DRC

The Pommard 4 Clone of Pinot Noir is considered by manty to be the work horse of all the Pinot Clones. Dark fruit, soft tannins without any harsh notes makes it the perfect clone to increase the volume of wine without losing the specialties of other clones in the blend. Here we have created a blend of Pinot Noir clones using equal parts Pommard 4 - 828 - DRC to give you a dark fruit style of Pinot with a balance of fruit, acid and tannins. 

"Sour cherry, roasted tomato,  minty sage and a hint of petrol converge on the rustic, complex nose of this clonal combination.  Peppery spice and dried herb notes lead the palate through tart cherry flavors." Matt Kettmann

Price: $55.00
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Blair Estate 2021 Rose of Pinot Noir

From the beginnning, this Rosé of Pinot Noir was planned and treated as a separate wine. We did not simply “bleed off” juice in the oft - used saignée method, as an afterthought to making a red wine. Instead, we employed a short, limited maceration after the fruit was destemmed. The Pinot Noir juice then soaked on its skins for 14 hours, picking up the beautiful pink hue. It was fermented in a cold stainless steel tank to lock in the color and fruit expression. It fermented completely to dryness and then was aged for six months in “neutral” French oak cooperage. 

This Blair Rosé of Pinot Noir is a serious “pink” wine. Our goal was an Old World style that would be bright and refreshing. But also one that would be a versatile companion to a wide variety of  foods. The nose and palate is full of ripe strawberry, cherry and watermelon. It finishes crisp and dry. Serve well chilled with a Salade Nicoise or an herbed  salmon steak fresh off the grill.  

"An orange-pink hue in the glass, this bottling is shy on the nose, with orange peel and cherry-pit aromas. The palate is soft in texture, offering earth, herb and dried-cherry flavors."                                                                                                                              MATT KETTMANN

Price: $25.00  add to cart
Members: $20.00

Blair Estate 2018 Chardonnay, Delfina's Vineyard

This Chardonnay which we simply call by it's vineyard name, "Delfina's" is unique in that every vintage will be different.  The reason for that is we use very little barrel manipulation wanting to let the particular vintage influences on the vineyard come through.  Matt gets "baked apples and pears", I get sour unripened green apples like the one that your Grandmother told you not to pick of the tree because it wasn't ripe. This unripened green apple also gives it some zing and makes it a wine that the "I don't like Chardonnay" people fall in love with.  Guess they just never tasted a great Chardonnay.  We barrel ferment and age the wine in 3 different barrels. 25% is in stainless steel barrels to keep the fruit character and acidity alive, 25% in new French Oak barrels, complete malolactic conversion, to soften the wine and give it just a touch of creaminess and mouth feel. The final 50% is fermented in old used neutral oak barrels that evaporate off water and alcohol leaving behind enhanced Chardonnay flavor.  We stir the barrels every 30 days to help build the complexity of the wine and bring out those beautiful Arroyo Seco AVA notes of apple, pear, peach, nectarine and pineapple.  Remembe every vintage will have it's own unique take on the vineyard. 

"Baked apples and pears meet with hazelnut and butterscotch on the rich nose of this bottling, which is lightly cut by a squeeze of lemon. It's viscous on the palate, with baked marshmallow and strong roasted nut flavors." Matt Kettmann

Price: $45.00  add to cart
Members: $36.00

Blair Estate 2019 Chardonnay, Delfina's Vineyard

2019 Blair Estate Chardonnay, Delfina's Vineyard

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Blair Estate 2019 Chardonnay "The Matriarch", Delfina's Vineyard

2019 Blair Estate Chardonnay "The Matriarch", Delfina's Vineyard

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Members: $40.00

Blair Estate 2018 PN DRC/943/115 Delfina's Vineyard

2018 Blair Estate Pinot Noir DRC/943/115 Delfina's Vineyard

Price: $55.00  add to cart
Members: $44.00

Blair Estate 2018 Pinot Noir, Morgantini Vineyard

2018 Blair Estate Pinot Noir, Morgantini Vineyard

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Members: $40.00

Blair Estate 2018 Pinot Noir "The Reserve", Delfina's Vineyard

2018 Blair Estate Pinot Noir "The Reserve", Delfina's Vineyard

Price: $70.00  add to cart
Members: $56.00

Blair Estate 2018 Chardonnay, Roger Rose Vineyard

Roger Rose Vineyard is planted to Dijon clones of Chardonnay, but what clones are a mistery and the location of the different clones is irratic and follows no particular pattern.  This creates a field blend approach to the wine when it is made.  This puts all the control in the hands of the vineyard.  The wine is predominatley aged in neutral barrels that have been used so many time they depart no oak into the wine.  Our take on "unoaked" Chardonnay. 

"Hints of butter, toasted Marcona almond, crushed rock and light truffle show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. Lemon-butter-glazed-toast flavors meet with sea salt and nuts on the palate, where a rocky edge adds complexity." Matt Kettmann

Price: $45.00  add to cart
Members: $36.00

Blair Estate 2018 Pinot Gris, Riverbank Vineyard

"Hints of orange blossom, kumquat and jasmine show on the nose of this bottling. The palate keeps the wine quite dry, offering wet stone balance to the plumeria and Tuscan melon flavors." Matt Kettmann

At Blair we take our Pinot Gris seriously, it is not a Pinot Grigio.  Both wines are made from the Pinot Gris grape, which is a 17th century mutation of the Pinot Noir grape that happened in a small vineyard in Alsace France at the hand of Mother Nature.  Pinot Gris, the wine, is much more complex, with more depth and flavor than Pinot Grigio.  We ferment and age our Pinot Gris in two differnet barrels, roughly 50% is in small 50 gallon stainless steel barrels to maintain the fruit and acidity of the grape with the rest in old nuetral oak barrels to soften the harshness of the stainless steel and to allow the evaporation of 5-6 gallons of wine over the aging process. This evaporation is actually water and alcohol, and the evaporation helps to increase the natural flavor characteristics of the vintage's grape.  The most important element in the making of Pinot Gris is what is called "battonage le lees" which simply means stirring the lees which have settled at the bottom of the barrel. Lees are mostly yeast that have stolen the flavors during the fermentation process and have died and settled to the bottom, we stir the barrels to get those flavors back.  Most wineries stir every 30 to 45 days, at Blair we stir every week.  Pairs well with a multitude of dishes or simply a good Riedel glass on a hot day at the pool or a cold night next to a roaring firel.  

Price: $35.00  add to cart
Members: $28.00

Blair Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, MAGNUM

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Blair Estate 2014 Pinot Noir, MAGNUM

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Blair Estate 2013 Chardonnay, MAGNUM

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Blair Estate 2014 Chardonnay, MAGNUM

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Candle, Rose Bottle

Candles made from Blair Estate Rose Bottles which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Sea Salt & Orchid".  Wax is Pink

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Candle, Delfina's Chardonnay Bottle

Candles made from Blair Estate Delfina's Chardonnay Bottles (paper label) which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Sea Salt & Orchid".  Wax is White

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Candle, Matriarch Chardonnay Bottle

Candles made from silk screened Blair Estate Matriarch Chardonnay Bottles which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Sea Salt & Orchid".  Wax is White

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Candle, Delfina's Pinot Noir Bottle

Candles made from Blair Estate Delfina's Pinot Noir Bottles ( paper label) which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Sea Salt & Orchid".  Wax is White

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Candle, Reserve Pinot Noir Bottle

Candles made from silk screened Blair Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Bottles which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Sea Salt & Orchid".  Wax is White

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Candle, Reserve Pinot Noir Bottle

Candles made from silk screened Blair Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Bottles which have been cut and polished.  Scent is "Apple Maple Bourbon".  Wax is White

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Signature Wines & Wineries of Coastal California

A Book full of Pictures and stories about California's Central Coast's finest wineries and their wines.

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Haley's Corker Pride Pack

A pride pack of multiple color Haleys Corkers paying tribute to diversity.

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Coravin Model 2 Elite Pro "Candy Apple Red"

Featuring colors inspired by luxury and enhanced by chrome accents, the Coravin Model Two Elite Pro is the ultimate way for stylish and savvy wine connoisseurs to savor a perfect glass of wine without pulling the cork. The Model Two Elite Pro possesses a perfect balance of luxury and technology and offers the opportunity to choose the color that better fits into your space. This ultimate Coravin experience comes complete with an elegant classic base to showcase your System, a stylish carry case to bring your Coravin experience with you anywhere, and four Coravin Capsules to comfortably pour 60 epic glasses of wine.

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Coravin Model 2

The Coravin Model Two gives wine lovers the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork. Whether you want a sip, a glass, or more, your last glass will taste just as amazing as your very first. Model Two is the Coravin standard, featuring the perfect balance between elegant design and durable craftsmanship. Textured rubber grips and ergonomic lines, ensure a flawless experience with every pour. Includes 2 Coravin Capsules to pour up to 30 glasses of wine.

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VinGardeValise

VinGardeValise is a versatile suitcase that can carry 12 bottles of wine or be packed with bottles on one side and cloths on the other.  

Secure - Durable hard shell exterior with a TSA-compliant lock.

Versatile - Removable inserts allow you to pack wine and personal belongings.

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