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The Pinot press is hyped for Furthermore’s newest releases – this boutique winery has been on a steep ascent since their impressive debut in 2006 and their scores have moved into the mid 90’s. Something big’s coming…How’d they get here? This duo has carefully accumulated the finest vineyards – places used by Kosta Browne, Williams-Selyem and ROAR and tied them all together with a modern style that combines high-power fruit lusciousness with a terroir signature from each site. This is about to become a very hot property!
About the wine
The landmark 2014 vintage (this is going to be a great one for Pinot!) is slowly starting to trickle into the market and it is gobsmacking tasters who thought that 2013 was as good as it gets! Not so, Pinot hounds! The biggest and best wines are still yet to release, and Furthermore’s RRV bomb shows remarkable promise. Pommard & Dijon Clones help explain the plush, dark fruit and brilliant spiciness of Furthermore’s excellent Pinot Noirs, but they only tell a part of the story. Furthermore works with some of the lowest-yielding vineyards in California and the resulting concentration is really something special. These are sappy-thick and silky-textured wines that are produced in lots as small as 3 barrels (75 cases), so this emerging winery is big news in wine country and a total unknown everywhere else. It’s like the old days, when a great new Pinot could sell out overnight, simply through word of mouth at a dinner party or amongst co-workers. Word will spread fast about Furthermore – and hopefully they’re ready for the deluge of phone calls and visitors to their tiny little set-up in Graton.
Winemaker: Chad Richard, Robert Zeches
Appellation: Russian River Valley
- 96 pts: Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
- Top Rated California Pinot Vintage Ever – Wine Advocate
- 4.6/5.0: Vivino Users, All Vintages (9 ratings)
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Estate and Neighboring Vineyards
Cooperage: 14 months in 100% French Oak, 20% of which is new
About the winery
In 2006, Furthermore created their first two barrels of Pinot Noir - about 50 cases of wine. The fruit came from the Bohemian Vineyard in Freestone just a few miles from Nevina’s Vineyard, the estate vineyard next to Littorai that they purchased in 2011. Having discovered their love of wine together in the 90s, particularly for Pinot Noir, their mission back then was to begin conducting a long term study of how Pinot Noir expresses itself regionally throughout California, particularly in areas influenced by coastal climates. Though they've grown gradually over the years, they are still a relatively small operation, now producing about 2,000 cases annually from as far south as Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County all the way up to Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino county, and many places in between. In 2015 they purchased Graton Ridge Cellars and established another estate vineyard, Graton Ridge Vineyard. This allowed them move out of ROAR’s San Francisco winery and to establish a tasting room and winery just north of Sebastopol at the corner of Gravenstein Highway and Vine Hill Road.
About the vineyards
The Furthermore fellows have an awe-inspiring menu of Pinot vineyards to choose from. With names like Keefer, Weir, Rosella’s and La Encantada, they’re pulling from the same hallowed ground as Kosta Browne, Williams Selyem, ROAR and Richard Sanford. That they prospect across the whole state shows their commitment to the idea of terroir, and that shines through even in their appellation blend, which is right there in the dictionary under “Russian River.” The fruit for this expansive and zesty RRV fruit-bomb is sourced from their new Graton Ridge estate vineyard as well as some small growers nearby. This is a sweet stretch of the RRV, with the vineyard sitting directly between Dutton Ranch and Dutton Goldfield, and Furthermore counts Merry Edwards, Martinelli, Paul Hobbs and Red Car among their neighbors.
About the winemaking
Chad Roberts and Robert Zeches were recipients of the 2015 Winemaker of the Year award from the San Francisco International Wine Competition. That’s an amazing payoff for a decade-long climb out of wine’s “minor leagues.” The duo began at Crushpad – the famous winery incubator – and were shoulder to shoulder with many other upstart wineries. Furthermore was one of the few who hit paydirt and they soon outgrew their space and moved to ROAR’s winery, the home of many a superb (and high-scoring) Pinot Noir. After the duo acquired an estate vineyard on the True Sonoma Coast and then later purchased Graton Ridge in the RRV, they moved their Burgundian-inspired winemaking up to wine country. And in 2016, the Winemaking duties are going to be handled by Erica Stancliff, a huge talent who comes over from Paul Hobbs, Rudd and Vina Cobos - as well as her own winery, Trombetta Family.
96 points, Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
"This is exactly the weight, style and quality (not to mention value!) of Pinot I personally look for. Plus it has all the hallmarks of winning Russian River Pinot from the ripe red berry fruit to the enticing holiday spices. On the nose, super-ripe strawberries, seductive cinnamon and spicy clove jump out of the glass and on the palate the sweet red fruit turns into delicious raspberries, ripe bing cherries and licorice. But the reason this winning wine is so appealing is it's light and refreshing and perfectly balanced having just enough sweet oak yet finishing bone dry. This gem is an absolutely delightful and definitely a crowd pleaser that you can enjoy every day of the week!"