Dolin Estate expands from Malibu Coast to Central Coast with four Pinot Noir wines from premier vineyards

Elliott and Lynn Dolin, proprietors of Dolin Estate, have introduced a new array of Pinot Noirs from California’s Central Coast. The inaugural Dolin Estate Pinot Noir release comes from the 2012 vintage, and includes a Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($32) and three single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from some of the region’s most esteemed sites: Bien Nacido ($45), Talley ‘Rincon’ ($45) and Solomon Hills ($45).

Having produced Malibu Coast Chardonnay from their estate vineyard since 2009, Elliott and Lynn will introduce additional Malibu wines from neighboring vineyards in 2015. Seeking opportunities beyond Malibu, Elliott looked north to the Central Coast to source Pinot Noir. Working closely with veteran Central Coast Winemaker Kirby Anderson and leveraging relationships with top growers, Elliott was able to secure fruit from his favorite vineyards.

“As Pinot Noir lovers, it’s a dream to make wines from these amazing vineyards that we’ve followed for so many years,” says Elliott Dolin. “We want the Dolin Estate portfolio to be comprehensive, but there is a common stylistic thread running through all of our wines which is rich fruit, bright acidity and voluptuous texture.”

The new Pinot Noirs are made by Kirby Anderson, who has produced Dolin Estate’s Malibu Coast Chardonnay since 2010. The collaborative process involves frequent meetings with Elliott during the growing season in both Malibu and the Central Coast to monitor ripening in the vineyards.

2012 Vintage Releases:

2012 Dolin Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills: The 2012 Dolin Pinot Noir comes from select vineyard blocks with marine-based calcium rich soils in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. The location’s cool, wind influence from the Pacific Ocean limits yields, producing concentrated and complex flavors in the fruit. This Pinot Noir blend exhibits a bright and aromatic nose with fresh acidity that invigorates the palate upon entry.
Aged 20 months in French Oak barrels, 18% new
Harvested October 3, 2012. Bottled June 7, 2014
Alcohol: 14.35% Case Production: 485
Suggested Retail Price: $32

2012 Dolin Pinot Noir, Talley ‘Rincon’ Vineyard: This Pinot Noir is from the shallow clay and loam soils of Block 11 in the Talley family’s ‘Rincon’ Vineyard, which is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA. Located eight miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard experiences ideal conditions for a long and mild growing season. This is a profoundly perfumed wine that is round and voluptuous on the palate. It is supple and smooth, yet its structured tannin and acidity would couple beautifully food.
Aged 20 months in French Oak barrels, 30% new
Harvested September 24, 2012. Bottled May 23, 2014
Alcohol: 14.31% Case Production: 172
Suggested Retail Price: $45

2012 Dolin Pinot Noir, Bien Nacido Vineyard: Grapes for this Pinot Noir come from Block 31 of Bien Nacido Vineyard, which lies in the funnel-shaped Santa Maria Valley AVA and opens west to the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is owned by the Miller Family, who also owns the Solomon Hills Vineyard located 6 miles to the southwest. Grapes at Bien Nacido enjoy a long growing season, resulting in rich, concentrated flavors. The wine is full in body, coating the palate, with flavors lingering through a fulfilling finish.
Aged 20 months in French Oak barrels, 30% new
Harvested September 26, 2012. Bottled May 23, 2014
Alcohol: 14.59% Case Production 128
Suggested Retail Price: $45

2012 Dolin Pinot Noir, Solomon Hills Vineyard: Planted in 1990, the west facing Solomon Hills Vineyard is greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. This Pinot Noir comes from a select few rows on Block 3, where the soils are predominantly ocean floor sandy loam. As the most western vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA it boasts the coolest temperatures in the area, creating a delicate yet robust wine with a lengthy finish.
Aged 19 months in French Oak barrels, 30% new
Harvested September 24, 2012. Bottled April 29, 2014
Alcohol: 14.34% Case Production: 140
Suggested Retail Price: $45

About Dolin Estate
In 2006 Dolin Estate was established when Elliott and Lynn Dolin planted 900 Chardonnay vines on their south facing Malibu property which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. From the beginning, Dolin’s objective was to produce the best fruit that the Malibu Coast region would permit and, in turn, create the best wine possible from this fruit. Following the release of just three vintages of Chardonnay ($39), the winery already has plans to expand its Malibu production to include several more wines from the newly approved Malibu Coast AVA. In fall of 2014, Dolin Estate introduced its first Pinot Noir offerings, including Sta. Rita Hills designate Pinot Noir ($32), and single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from Bien Nacido ($45), Talley ‘Rincon’ ($45) and Solomon Hills ($45). Dolin Estate also produces a small quantity of Central Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir ($22).