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2021 Wayfarer Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

We are very pleased to have secured an allocation of the latest 2021 releases Wayfarer Vineyard, a small, cool-climate vineyard on California's Sonoma Coast, with some excellent reviews and scoring up to 98 points from The Wine Advocate.

  Wayfarer was founded by Napa winemaking legend Jayson Pahlmeyer.  Famous for his Bordeaux-varietal wines, Pahlmeyer became increasingly interested in Burgundy and was on the point of buying two grand cru vineyards on the Côte d'Or, with the intention of making wine there with his equally famous winemaker Helen Turley, until the deal fell-through due to "an obscure Burgundian real-estate clause"!  Pahlmeyer began searching for a site to make comparable wines on the remote hills of the Sonoma Coast, landing on a small farm called Wayfarer, near to Helen Turley's own vineyard.

Pahlmeyer's daughter Cleo has now taken over management of the estate and produces a range of world-class Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from a number of blocks on the 30-acre vineyard.  The estate is run organically and sits within the Fort Ross Seaview AVA, influenced by cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean and classic northern Californian fogs (the '80s movie 'The Fog' was filmed just a few miles down the coast!).  The soils here are influenced by the San Andreas Fault, exposing ancient sand and loam known as Goldridge soils, ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

From the 2021 white wines, we offer the Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay (£390 per six), scoring 98 points from The Wine Advocate.  From the reds, the 2021 Pinot Noir Estate (£390 per six) scores 95 points from The Wine Advocate and the single-block 2021 'Mother Rock' Pinot Noir (£525 per six), scoring 97 points.

We have tasted the range several times over the last two years and have been very impressed by their concentration and energy, which easily match grand cru red and white burgundy levels.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order, as allocations are strictly limited. 

Offered en primeur, landing in the UK in spring 2024.


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