2012 Sika Winery Pinot Noir
California: Sonoma Valley
Mister Hobbs, we love you
Our Operatives are crazy about wines that are crafted by wine legend Paul Hobbs - so when we were presented with another opportunity to secure another great Hobbs-made wine, we took it!
A collaboration between Sommelier Paris Driggers and Paul Hobbs, today’s 2012 Sika Pinot Noir is a wonderful wine that presents plenty of bright, juicy fruit that is harmoniously balanced against earthy elements. The wine is complex but approachable.
Paris Driggers is something of a legend; he managed a restaurant wine program that won Wine Spectator’s highest restaurant award, the Grand Award, for 22 years running.
Delicious, bright, and ready to drink, this wine does not present like a young wine. Rather, it shows remarkable maturity and depth for a young wine. The acidity is bright but so well balanced. In fact, it is the acidity that really holds all of the flavors together.
Kudos to Driggers and Hobbs for crafting such a delicious and balanced Pinot Noir. Kudos to you, dear Operative, if you take advantage of this very special offer.
Iridescent, radiant ruby red hues. Perfect clarity throughout.
Shy and forresty on opening, this wine really begins to exude deep red fruits after just a bit of swirling. Deep black cherry, quince, tart cherry, tobacco, baker’s chocolate and candied cherry, all backed up by smoked campfire log, black licorice, sage and sweet spice.
Bright and bold, this wine presents a plethora of red fruit, earth and spice. Tart cherry, cranberry, tobacco, bing cherry, red plum, and oolong tea leaf sit atop sweet spice, dried fall leaves and a hint of sage.
Structured and very long with touches of pomegranate, plum, rhubarb and dried cherry. At the tail end, cinnamon and sage persist.
Enjoy this wine with a mushroom risotto or grilled eggplant slices with olive oil and balsamic (grill on medium heat). A mildly seasoned Chinese five spice chicken would also be a remarkable treat.
What the Winery Says
SiKa 2012 “Sonoma Coast” Pinot Noir
Just 100 cases produced.
Made by Paul Hobbs but de-classified because of a mistake where two different vineyards were accidentally blended.
Unfined, unfiltered and sustainably farmed. Made by the one of the very biggest names in the wine world, this wine consists of two organically grown vineyards located in the sought-after Sonoma Coast AVA.
- Winemaker Paris Driggers
- Born and raised in San Diego, Paris Driggers was exposed to wine at an early age. This was due to his father’s partnership in a popular Del Mar restaurant named Remington’s. While attending college, Paris gained employment at a high profile La Jolla restaurant, Georges at the Cove. It was there that the passion for wine blossomed. Kendall Jackson Wine Estates recruited Paris in 1994; there he underwent vigorous training in winemaking, viticulture and marketing. The position consisted of managing the wineries distribution system in Southern California. After a year of employment with Kendall Jackson, Paris decided to round out his knowledge by accepting a position in retail with San Diego’s then new wine shop, San Diego Wine Company. As buyer and general manager, Paris grew San Diego Wine Company into the highest volume single retail wine store in San Diego. It is also considered one of the top 10 in the state of California. With his Sommelier certification in 2002 and his professional competition in the California Wine Tasting Championships in 2003 and 2005, the quest for wine knowledge took Paris to France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Chile on extensive buying trips. In 2005, Paris accepted partnership in Bacchus Wine Market & Tasting Room in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Paris enjoyed favorable reviews by The Reader, San Diego Union-Tribune, Citybeat and Toast Magazine, before ending the partnership in early 2006. It was at this point that Paris transitioned into the wholesale side of the wine business by starting a cutting edge wine brokerage focusing on limited production, “boutique” wines from around the globe. For the next five years he learned the “ins and outs” of wine sales before moving to wine production. In 2010, Paris and long time friend and wine collector, Rodger Grove started Forgotten Barrel Cellars. Based in Napa, Forgotten Barrel creates wine accessing fruit from the most sought after vineyards in California. With the help of some old and dear friends, Forgotten Barrel released a line of wines called SiKa. A name created by taking the first two letters of Paris’ daughter’s first and middle name. Sierra = Si and Kaye = Ka, to make SiKa. Sierra has been the motivation for Paris’ unwavering journey in the world of wine. With a great palate for a 10 year old, she is sure to take over as winemaker when she is old enough.
About the Winery
Sika is a boutique wine crafted by Forgotten Barrel, a hot, new entity orchestrated by wine professional Paris Driggers. For the past two decades, Paris has traveled the globe as Wine Buyer, Sommelier or Distributor/Broker. After years of research and tasting, Forgotten Barrel LLC was founded in 2009 in an effort to bring well known, high quality, honest wines to consumers at a fraction of the normal price.
With serious connections in the wine business, we take pride in sourcing the most sought after, naturally grown grapes from the best climates throughout California. Finding balanced, ultra-premium grapes while incurring the least amount of environmental impact is the core mission of Sika Wine.