Walt

Compelling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Extraordinary Vineyards

Based in Sonoma and focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown up and down the West coast, Walt Wines is a kind of sister to Hall Wines in the Napa Valley. Both companies are owned and operated by Kathryn Walt Hall. Kathryn has led a fascinating life and career both in – and sometimes out – of wine. (She has practiced as an attorney was even appointed US ambassador to Austria.) However, she credits the example of her parents, who bought land and planted a vineyard in Mendocino County, as having been a particularly formative and lasting influence. So when the Halls acquired Roessler Cellars in Sonoma in 2010, she honored her parents by calling the new operation by her maiden name. Walt Wines produces handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from great vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast and Willamette Valley in Oregon – in other words, the best cool climate appellations along the Pacific Coast. Walt Wines farms estate vineyards but also maintains long-term relationships with many dedicated growers. And while each vineyard is unique, they all share important characteristics, namely: cool climates, gentle slopes, well-drained soils, sustainable farming, select clones and low yields. Whether the vineyard is located just hours out of Los Angeles or just outside Portland, it will produce the intense flavors born of low-vigor soils and cool summers. As for winemaking, Walt keeps intervention to a minimum by, for example, encouraging natural fermentations and neither racking nor filtering the wine. Meticulous attention to detail leads to vibrant, fresh-tasting wines that can emphasize ripe fruit, acidity, tannin and alcohol in equal measure. Though Walt Wines is a relative newcomer, its wines are receiving plenty of love from critics and consumers alike. If you’re a lover of audacious Pinots and rich Chardonnays, you need to try Walt Wines!

Wines from this Winery

2014 Walt

2014 Walt "La Brisa" Sonoma County Chardonnay

Fresh fruit, a rich, crisp and mineral texture and complexity from barrel aging stand out in this fine Chardonnay. According to Walt Winery, “This appellation blend is crafted from the fruit of several Dutton family proper ties in the Green Valley, the coolest sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. In addition, we sourced select fruit from the Sangiacomo family’s vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, a cool and breezy site that produces wines of terrific fruit concentration. The combined characteristics of these appellations, including cool morning fog and light sandy soils, give depth and uniqueness to the resulting blend.”

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¥ 6,300
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2011 Walt

2011 Walt "La Brisa" Sonoma County Pinot Noir

La Brisa conjures up the breezes that waft across the Russian River Valley, cooling down the vineyards before the afternoons get too hot. Widdoes, Martinelli, Gregori and Gaps Crown are a few of the select vineyards that provided the fruit for this delicious and exotic expression of the Sonoma County appellation. Farming that encourages low yields and a “hands off” approach to winemaking that involves native yeasts and no racking, fining or filtering produced a libation with a vibrant nose and a lush, mouth-filling midpalate and finish.

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¥ 6,500
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2011 Walt

2011 Walt "Blue Jay" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

In the rolling hills and high-elevation ridgetops of the Anderson Valley, wide temperature swings between day and night bless the region with a long growing season. Blue Jay Pinot is sourced from vineyards located mostly at the “Deep End” of the valley, near the Pacific ocean. While it’s a rugged, remote and challenging terrain to farm (yielding less than two tons an acre) the concentration and intensity of the Pinot Noir fruit makes it all worthwhile. Delicacy, finesse and length are the hallmarks of great Anderson Valley Pinot, and this wine has them all.

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¥ 7,100
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2011 Walt Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2011 Walt Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Gap’s Crown is a jewel in Walt’s portfolio of vineyards, planted on a hillside in one of the “hottest” (i.e. up-and-coming) parts of Sonoma County: the Petaluma Gap. While vineyards at the northern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA tend to be planted on ridges above the fog line, those in the “gap” are drenched in fog every afternoon and through the next morning. Though midday temperatures are warm enough to ripen the grapes, the conditions severely limit yields (and boost quality). So while the Petaluma Gap is not yet an AVA in its own right, it will likely soon be recognized for its unique terroir. Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir is among Walt’s most exuberant and muscular: a dense, unctuous wine that wraps pure, vibrant fruit in a tight mineral cloak.

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¥ 10,500
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