2020 Three Thieves California Pinot Noir

2020 Three Thieves California Pinot Noir

¥2,200 (incl. tax)

A real steal, Three Thieves Pinot Noir is generous, fruit-forward, smooth and silky, and mouthwateringly fresh. Though it’s priced as a weekday wine, this Pinot punches above its weight with complex aromas, concentrated flavors, structure and acidity. The winemakers have this to say about this wine: “The Thieves believe that a great Pinot Noir is a reward unto itself. To craft a wine that showcases the varietal’s most beautiful qualities, the wine is gently fermented and infused with a touch of French and American oak to lend body and support to the bright cherry and berry flavors. For additional structure, a small amount of Syrah and Petite Verdot were included in the blend.” Try it with lamb, roast chicken, pasta, grilled salmon, or even lightly spiced South Asian dishes. 

Winery


Winery Description

Like Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, Three Thieves Winery believes that one’s fortune (or lack thereof) need not preclude the enjoyment of such riches as premium California wine. Indeed, sharing a bottle of wine with loved ones or good friends is not a privilege; it’s a basic right! And who said fine wine must come in a cork-stoppered 750 ml bottle with an elegant label? From the start, Three Thieves has snubbed the snobs by bottling Zinfandel in one-liter jugs, or Cabernet in lightweight tetra paks. But unlike many brands with a low price point, Three Thieves does not merely repurpose wine sold on the bulk market. Rather they cultivate relationships with conscientious growers, and make and blend the wines at a facility in the Napa Valley. The “Three Thieves” behind this brand are  Joel Gott, Roger Scommegna, and Charles Bieler, each of whom might be considered a serial entrepreneur of the drinks and hospitality trades, with hands in such disparate ventures as a hotel in Mendocino, a gourmet hamburger stand in St. Helena, or such “hipster” products as hard cider, artisanal Mescal and Riesling in kegs. Joel Gott, of course, is well-known to Hotei fans as a producer of fine wines that win awards but remain affordable. But whereas the JG wines are made to grace the dining table, Three Thieves will be the life of the party. Bold, brash, irreverently packaged but carefully sourced and well-made, these are California varietal wines that will spark conversation and good times whenever you get together with friends, family, colleagues or new acquaintances. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) California
Winery Three Thieves
Vintage 2020
Color Red
Varietal(s) 78% Pinot Noir, 17% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 28.5
Case Size 33.0 x 24.5 x 29.5
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code TT20PN
UPC 894509008786

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Aromas of fresh cherries and violets please the nose while the palate offers up raspberry, berry jam and notes of vanilla spice on the finish. The texture is smooth and silky and balanced by mouthwatering acidity.

Production


Vinification

Fermented in stainless steel and “infused” with some French and American oak for extra body.

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