Bread & Butter is that thing that you can count on - something
dependable and comforting. Our wines are inspired by the bread and
butter of California winemaking. California Chardonnay with bright
fruit and a pleasing balance of oak and butter. Pinot Noir grown in
cool climates and blended with nothing except more Pinot Noir. Classic
styles we love.
Bread & Butter is also about the tools we have as winemakers.
'Bread' refers to oak, which imparts flavors and aromas of toast, nut,
and dough. 'Butter' refers to malolactic fermentation, which adds
buttery flavors and textures in a wine. These winemaking tools have
been expertly utilized to enhance our top quality fruit and craft
beautiful, pleasing wines, which we hope you can come to count on.
2013 Pinot Noir Winemaker's Notes
Eyes: Love the deep, rich red-ness of the wine. It seems dark and
bright at the same time. I'm calling it 'sinister red.'
Nose: The nose is really pretty - lots of floral, chocolate, cherry, with
a hint of pears and caramel. Think of a super sexy celebrity, and
imagine them laying out in a garden of violets covered with chocolate
sauce and cherries. It smells just like that... unless you picked Al
Pacino, in which case you should skip the wine and go get some hard
Mouth: The gorgeous aromas are echoed on the palate. Ripe
cherries and dark chocolate dominate. There is raspberry, roasted
nuts, orange liquor, and a hint of chalk...actually, it's more like
crushed Pez candies (no, I'm not drunk). The texture is super
smooth, soft, and balanced. Not too much acid or tannin. Serve it
cool to the touch for the best presentation.
Pairings: Pinot Noir, in general, pairs well with all kinds of dishes.
Salmon, pastas, duck, game, even desserts. But my favorite pairing
for our Bread & Butter Pinot is cheese. Pick a strong but sweet
cheese, medium firmness. The fruit of the wine and the sweetness of
the cheese taste like angels are singing in your mouth. You have
Bread: We used more French oak in the 2013, resulting in a bit more
caramel, butterscotch, but most importantly, that wonderful dark
chocolate character was really highlighted. 6 months of French oak
and 35% of the blend was aged for 5 months in light toast American
Butter: 100% Malolactic Fermentation
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.