Brown Ranch
2011 Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 50
Vintage: 2011


Brown Ranch

Pinot Noir
Los Carneros

20 cases produced


In 2011 Mother Nature only gave us 40% of our normal bounty, so our Premiere offering is truly culled from the best of a very small selection. Some may ask why do we offer anything this year? I say, ask my wife. Pinot Noir from our Brown Ranch Estate, one ton per acre of an intensely fruited and extracted Pinot—an extraordinary wine from a once-in-a-lifetime vintage. A whopping 20 cases for the successful bidder ... gulp. - Richard Ward

Aging Process

barrel aged

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Jerome Chery

Winemaker, Saintsbury

Winemaker, Jerome Chery

Upon graduation from the University of Burgundy with a winemaking diploma, I moved to Napa Valley in 1997 and focused my winemaking career on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Prior to Saintsbury, I worked at Littorai Wines under the tutelage of Ted Lemon, crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley appellations

Country born: France

Education: Diplome National d'Oenologue, Universite de Bourgogne, 1994

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I try to preserve fruit and flavor intensity all the way through the process of winemaking, regardless of the final use for each lot made at Saintsbury. I think that the motto "less is better" works wonderfully well with the two famous Burgundy varieties.


755 Skyway Court
Napa  CA  94558


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