2006 Whitcraft Pinot Noir Bien Nacido “This is the “N” My only friend the “N”
Without a doubt one of our all time favorite Pinot Noirs out of California—our last bottle. Chris Whitcraft was such a character to say the least. Over the years he produced many truly memorable bottlings from iconic vineyard sources such as Hirsch, Melville, Aubaine, Bien Nacido—both Q & N blocks & of course Burt Williams’ Morning Dew vineyard up in Mendocino. (FYI—Burt Williams, original, founding winemaker of Williams & Selyem, was his mentor & best friend). His most stirring for me was this bottling—old vine (planted in 1973), own rooted Martini —most of which went into his N Block bottling. He told me he however kept one special barrel separate—which he bottled as “This is the “N” My only friend the “N”. It was never flamboyant, flashy or obviously showy. It was really about capturing something special—vinosity, earth driven grit & soul—unapologetically & for some I am sure not to their liking. “I don’t expect someone to sing a song pitch perfect. I hope they sing from their heart & that it moves me”. Sadly, I recall this was the last vintage Chris made himself. (His son Drake took over & has really made quite the name for himself & his wines). We toast with this bottle to the memory of the wildly eccentric & unique character of Chris Whitcraft & his wines.