“Cold Heaven has a keen focus on cool climate Viognier. My tasting experiences from traveling yearly to the Condrieu region of France, copious tasting of California Viogniers, and experimentation with different vineyards and microclimates has led to my belief that Viognier that maintains a natural acidity is the best expression of the grape.”
Pinot Noir "Nevertell" (Archived) 2009
“This is the powerhouse Pinot Noir of Cold Heaven. This is our first foray into the Sta. Rita Hills AVA Pinot Noir Variety. Nevertell has a big bouquet of earth, sweet flowers and berry fruits on the nose while on the palate it shows the bright berry fruits and textural density that defines this region. Sta. Rita Hills wines tend to be heavier on the palate with notes of mineral and earth, dominated by black fruits on the finish. Nevertell’s balanced structure of elegant fruit, bright acidity, and firm, but polished, tannins ensures this wine will further benefit from cellar aging while giving instant pleasure for those less patient wine enthusiasts. Nevertell is a single clone, single vineyard Pinot Noir that was selected because it screams balance and old would nuance. Fruit forward without being over-opulent, restrained, elegant, and persistent and very much in the Cold Heaven style of wine making.”
There are certain necessary components to a great Fourth of July – grilled food (burgers optional), flags, fireworks. And, of course, a bottle of a good, American wine.
My Independence Day included most of these things. But most importantly, it featured a terrific wine: the 2009 Nevertell Pinot Noir from Cold Heaven Winery.
Marked by explosive aromas of red fruit and spice, and a texture that was both rich and lithe (thanks to a balancing bright acidity), the Nevertell is made from fruit sourced somewhere in the hills of Santa Rita in Santa Barbara.
Cold Heaven’s winemaker and proprietor Morgan Clendenen won’t say anymore; hence the name.
She hints at “top vineyards” and clonal selections but offers no further particulars than the possibility she might be more forthcoming “when long-term sourcing arrangements have been determined.”
I’m happy to let Ms. Clendenen keep her secrets at the price that she’s offering. The Nevertell costs only $38 a bottle. making it one of the best deals in American Pinot Noir, and a good reason to celebrate long into summer."
Lettie Teague,Wall Street Journal, online blog
Review Score: n/a
Bright ruby-red. Deeper in pitch and more intense than the Makepeace, offering black raspberry and cherry aromas and notes of Indian spices and dried rose. Sappy and expansive, with very good clarity and thrust to its sweet red and dark berry flavors. Finishes on a gently smoky note, with lingering spice and bitter cherry notes. I really like this wine's blend of depth and vibrancy.
Josh Raynolds,Tanzer's IWC, Issue 159: November/December 2011
Review Score: 91 Points