If my Lottery Picks were as prescient as my wine picks I’d be writing this from one of my homes overlooking a pristine beach.
What started my wistful thinking was the news in my inbox with the results of an interesting data analysis. A Pinot producer that was one of my early “bets” turned out to be the top-rated Pinot Producer on CellarTracker, the world’s most extensive database of wine tasting notes and ratings from wine collectors around the globe.
Go ahead, guess who it was in the top spot… Kosta Browne? Sea Smoke? Kistler?? Peter Michael??? Au Bon Climat??? All good guesses. But all would be wrong.
The top spot went to “Sojourn Cellars”.
When I first discovered their wine, six years ago, I knew they had something special going on. Owner Craig Haserot stood in my kitchen and poured six of their wines for me, and I selected their 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot for my “Pinot Selections” Wine Club. Despite their relaxation-inspired logo, they had just burst onto the wine scene with great gusto, and if you’ve ever met Craig you know that’s the only way he approaches everything in life. If you squint a little bit and employ just a modicum of imagination, his size and demeanor might remind you of another Sonoma pioneer whose surname started with “H” – one A. Harazthy.
According to the data analysis of Cellar Tracker, Sojourn Cellars out-ranked all of the prestigious producers listed above. And their favorable reviews are not limited to the online pinotphile, they’ve caught the attention of professional critics as well, rarely scoring less than 90 points from the likes of Wine Spectator, Pinot Report, Wine Advocate, et al.
I’m proud to have supported them in their early days, and to have introduced them to you, my friends. Congratulations to Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley.
(Note: I currently have a very small quantity of one Sojourn Cellars Pinot in stock. I recommend it highly. The 2012 Russian River pinot from Wohler Vineyard ($48)