Blair Estate 2016 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 2015 vintage: “October 10. 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 five barrels worth of truly exceptional Pinot Noir. Clone 115 came from rows 15 thru 18. Rows 54 thru 57 gave us Clone 777. In 2014 we added Clone 667 from rows 44 & 45. And Pommard 4 came off the north blocks rows 31 & 32 and the south block’s rows 71 through 74.” These were the grapes destined for this second ever “The Reserve” release.

Only 75 cases were produced of Blair Estate 2015 “The Reserve.” The 2015 "The Reserve has recieved 92 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and a Double Gold from the 2018 New Orleans 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

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Blair Estate 2017 Chardonnay Delfina's Vineyard

This very limited release of only 150 cases is trademark cool-climate Chardonnay.  It displays lemon rind, citrus and wet slate notes on the nose. On the palate: white peach, apple skin, nectarine while finishing clean and bright with a lime tart, white peppere note. The wine's structure and refreshing acidity makes it an incredibly versatile match for a variety of foods like pan roasted white fish or raw shell fish or sushi.

Dried lemon, white-peach and orange-rind aromas come across as a bit botanical on the nose of this bottling. There is zesty freshness to the sip, where rounded flavors of melon, peach and almond are cut by seared lemon. MATT KETTMANN

Platinum: 2020 Las Vegas Global Wine Awards, Las Vegas Nevada

Gold: 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, California

Gold: 2021 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition, Houston Texas

Silver: 2020 Denver International Wine Competition, Denver Colorado

 

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Blair Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Delfina's Vineyard

From the heart and sole of our Estate Vineyard comes this complex and layered Pinot Noir.  Utilizing clones Pommard 4, 115, 667, 777, 828, 943 and DRC we have let Delfina's Vineyard once again speak her special language.  With no interference in the winery the result is a more Burgundian than California style of Pinot Noir.  

Baked red-cherry, clove, star anise and cinnamon aromas make for a ripe expression on this bottling, which is starting to show some of its age. It's lively on the palate, where snappy raspberry and ripe strawberry meet with clove and more baking-spice flavors. MATT KETTMANN

 

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Blair Estate 2017 Chardonnay "The Matriarch"

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Blair Estate 2019 Rose of Pinot Noir Delfina's Vineyard

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Blair Estate 2017 Pinot Gris River Bench Vineyard

Using free run and a light press, 50% of the juice was fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels; the other 50% in small stainless steel barrels to preserve the lush fruit character.  Battonage, lees stirring, was done once a week. The result is a limited release of only 106 cases that is everything a Pinot Gris should be:

Dried lemon peels, orange surf wax and a hint of nuts show on the nose of this bottling. It's a complex wine on the palate, moving from lemon-like wax flavors to blanched almonds, all with a viscous length to the finish. MATT KETTMANN

Gold: 2021 San Antonio Livestock and Rodeo Wine Competition, San Antonio Texas

Silver: 2021 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition, Houston Texas

Silver: 2020 New York International Wine Competition, New York City

Silver: 2020 Denver International Wine Competition, Denver Colorado

 

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Blair Estate 2016 Pinot Noir Morgantini Vineyard

Morgantini is a well-regarded estate that has its own unique micro-climate. Only a mile seperates our vineyards yet it is always 10 degrees warmer with very little wind. We source this Clone 115 from the north 2 rows that are located in the 2 acres of east/west rows that grow in chalk rock soils.  In the glass this Pinot displays a beautiful color of light rose petal and teaberry.

Roasted cherry, crushed clove and earthy mushroom aromas show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. There's a sandalwood spice to the sip, where ripe cherries and roasted strawberry flavors are spiced by mace and cinnamon. MATT KETTMANN

Reserve Class Champion, Double Gold: 2021 Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition, Houston Texas

Gold: 2020 Harvest Terroir Challenge Wine Competition, California

Silver: 2020 Denver International Wine Competition, Denver Colorado

Silver 2021 San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition, San Antonio Texas

 

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Blair Logo Waiter's Corkscrew

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