2018 XANDER SOREN Pinot Noir Central Coast

XANDER SOREN Pinot Noir Central Coast

¥17,600 (incl. tax)

Xander Soren’s Central Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from two vineyards in the Central Coast, La Encantada and Sierra Mar. Located in the cool Sta. Rita Hills, La Encantada experiences an extended growing season that produces fruit with high acidity and vibrant flavors. Sierra Mar, a site 300 m in elevation in the Santa Lucia Highlands, is sunnier if not a lot warmer. Blending the two makes for a complex but juicy wine that expresses delicate red berry notes, minerality, as well as riper, concentrated flavors, and a rich mouthfeel. The 2018 offers aromas of ripe red cherries, rhubarb, eucalyptus, sage, and roasted shiitake mushrooms. The palate is soft, opening with fresh cherry and raspberry fruit and hints of cherry blossoms. Fresh acidity and soft tannins lead to a spicy finish with notes of cinnamon and licorice.


Winery Description

Xander Soren is the mind behind a radical wine venture that’s been years in the making: developing a high-end Pinot Noir designed specifically to pair with Japanese cuisine. After a career in Silicon Valley that included over 20 years with Apple, where he worked on such iconic products as the iPod, Garageband, and iPhone ringtones, he turned his attention to a more genteel set of passions: wine, Japanese culture and Japanese cuisine. Yet his vision and business model are a far cry not only from fast-paced Silicon Valley but from what’s typical in California wine as well. For in addition to honing his brand to appeal to Japanese connoisseurs, he’s decided to limit his production to around 600 cases per vintage - a boutique wine business for sure!

For Xander’s style of Pinot Noir, he is focusing on cooler appellations, especially the Santa Rita Hills, which, because of its unique terroir, can produce wines that rival those of Burgundy. Xander sources fruit from historic vineyards such as La Encantada, Sanford & Benedict, Sierra Mar, and Olivet Lane. He is also honored to use grapes from Yuki Vineyard, owned by Japanese producer Akiko Freeman on the Sonoma Coast.

Xander’s winemaker is Shalini Sekhar, a rising star (2015 Winemaker of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the San Francisco Chronicle’s 2019 Winemaker to Watch) who has made wine at Williams Selyem, Stag’s Leap, and her own label called Ottavino. She also produces wine - especially Pinot Noir — for a number of small boutique labels through her custom crush operation. Winemaking at Xander Soren is non-intrusive and labor-intensive, which necessarily results in limited production. Not only vineyard blocks but clones are elevated and aged separately in carefully-selected French oak barrels and blended before bottling to ensure excellent balance. Refreshing acidity, bright flavors balanced by darker notes and character, and, above all, lower levels of alcohol are necessary to pair with sukiyaki, wagyu, tempura, and, perhaps, even sushi. Many of the wines are produced in amounts of less than 100 cases.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Central Coast
Winery Xander Soren
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.2 x 29.5
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.0
Alcohol 14.2%
Product Code BP18CC



The wine aged 17 months in 30% new French oak. 

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