- BlendPinot Noir
- WinemakerScott Brenner and Kelli White
Houndstooth Pinot Noir Oregon 2017
Scott Brenner and Kelli White are well known here in Napa as folks who know a thing or two about great wine. Together, they built one of the best wine lists in the world at St. Helena’s Press restaurant, Kelli painstakingly created perhaps the greatest compendium of Napa winery history with her weighty “Napa Valley: Then And Now” book, and these fantastic sommeliers have tasted and studied remarkable wines the world over...so yeah, when they started their own label, we took notice.
Scott and Kelli specifically moved to Napa to learn winemaking. Their goal was to make age-worthy, elegant, and fun wines from select sites in California and Oregon. They kept their restaurant jobs because it was very expensive to grow a brand using their own money. Over a decade in, Houndstooth has mostly fallen under the scope of Scott, with Kelli mostly engaged in writing and teaching aspects of wine.
Houndstooth is their passion project, launched in 2011, focusing on small-lot wines sourced from select vineyards across Northern California and Oregon. This is their 2017 Oregon pinot noir...and it’s really, really good. Not much information to be had on this one, so really all we can tell you is how it tastes. This is a beautifully aromatic, softly textured wine that is seductively creamy on the palate. Aromas of dusty rose, hibiscus, and new leather get things started – closely followed by flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, Bing cherry, milk chocolate, and cinnamon. Supremely well-balanced, with a long and spicy finish – this absolutely crushes most $25 pinot noirs out there. Get a case ‘cause these beauties are just starting to really shine!