Lot #52 PAPAPIETRO PERRY WINERY

FOUNDERS' BLEND

Pinot Noir
  • Leras Family Vineyard 50%, Peters Vineyard 50%
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

“Founders’ Blend” will never be available as a commercial bottling, no matter how good the blend might be! The Leras Family and Peters Vineyards play a crucial role in Papapietro Perry’s lineup, and they rarely have enough fruit to put together a blend like this. The 777 and Pommard clones from each vineyard are especially dear since it is used for both vineyard designates and the special 777 and Pommard Clones bottlings. “Founders’ Blend” is an homage to these first Pinot Noir vineyards that went into Papapietro Perry wines in 1999 and 2000, they are the “founding vineyards” of the winery.

The love of wine, food and laughter is a common bond for friends Ben Papapietro and Bruce Perry, who met during their careers with the San Francisco Newspaper Agency. In 1980, Ben began producing “garagista” wines and in 1985 Bruce joined him. By 1990, Ben and Bruce found consistent vineyard sources for their homemade Pinot Noir and spent the next eight years perfecting their craft. In 1998, only 75 cases of Pinot Noir marked the launch of Papapietro Perry Winery, but that was all it took for the wine world to sit up and take notice. Ben and Bruce’s instincts for sourcing exceptional grapes and skill for crafting extraordinary wine immediately drew critical acclaim, which continues vintage after vintage.

After over 40 years of winemaking, Papapietro Perry still firmly believes in a minimalist approach, allowing the wine to express itself through the specific vineyard selections and the nuances that appear from vintage to vintage. They do as little as possible and try to just guide the wine into the barrel by making sure there is plenty of whole berry in the fermenters and keeping an eye on fermentation. The real difference for “Founders’ Blend” was, as the name suggests, in the blending: 50% Leras Family Vineyard, 25% 777 clone + 25% Pommard clone with 50% Peters Vineyard, 25% 777 clone + 25% Pommard clone. There are ripe, dark cherry flavors from the Peters Vineyard, coupled with strawberry and raspberry notes from the Leras Vineyard, all framed by warm caramel notes from the François Frères barrels. It’s a concentrated, classy wine with great structure and will be a stunner.

WINEMAKER(S): Ben Papapietro

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: November 2022

National Distribution: AZ, CA, FL, KY, MI, MS, MT, NC, NV, OH, TN, TX

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.