About This Wine
Joe Otos had a dream.
Retired technology executives John Tracy and Ed Sillari helped make it come true. Otos was 26 years old, and wanted to be a winemaker. Tracy and Sillari had both recently moved to California’s North Coast wine country, exploring opportunities to pursue their passion for wine.
Sillari was involved in wine sales, while Tracy had acquired a hilltop vineyard in Forestville. Add in Otos’ desire to make wine, and the three had all the pieces needed to get a winery off the ground. That’s how Willowbrook Cellars came to be.
During Willowbrook’s first two years, production amounted to about 500 cases, with all of the fruit coming from Tracy’s vineyard. In 2003, Willowbrook began to increase its production of vineyard-designated wines, seeking out interesting small vineyards, each with its own microclimate and flavor profile. The “J.C.O. Limited” Pinot Noir is a delicious estate wine that demonstrates that dreams can come true.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Estate Vineyard in Russian River Valley of Sonoma County
- Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Red Berry, Sweet Cedar and Savory Herbs
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2018
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled salmon, or prime rib.
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