Pinot Noir
  • Bob's Ranch Estate Vineyard
  • Sonoma Coast



The barrel auction lot “Pinpoint Extreme” is a collaboration between the WALT Winemaking team, Megan Gunderson and Alison Frichtl Hollister, and prominent Pinot Noir winemaker Adam Lee of Clarice Wine Co. The trio focused on a unique site for this effort, Bob’s Ranch Estate Vineyard, with the intention of accentuating the profound fruit, savory texture and vivid structure of the wine. “Pinpoint Extreme” is an anagram for “Pinot Experiment,” a name WALT has used in the past for wines made with extraordinary new winemaking methods, and this is the first time it’s been used as a collaboration.

WALT Winemakers Megan Gunderson & Alison Frichtl agree, “We had a blast being in cahoots with our talented friend Adam on this effort. This auction was the perfect excuse to get together and approach Bob’s Ranch Pinot Noir with abandon, inviting some wildness into the winemaking. So much of that spirit of collaboration comes through in this gorgeous wine.” Winemaker Adam Lee adds, “I found it to be incredibly educational to work with Megan and Alison. There’s so much talk about how to make Pinot, ‘you need to do this and not do that.’ Well, I think we all found out that there are lots of paths to a great Pinot Noir and combining our philosophies and techniques led to a truly exciting wine.”

Owned and operated by WALT Wines, Bob’s Ranch Estate Vineyard is located within the Sonoma Coast appellation. The site offers a cool climate influence from the Pacific Ocean, via the Petaluma Wind Gap Appellation’s brisk winds. The winds help to keep the fruit clusters small and pollenates the berries at different times resulting in small and larger berries on the same cluster. The three winemakers created their finest expression of the vineyard site by selecting from a multitude of clonal and heritage selections of Pinot Noir. The resulting “Pinpoint Extreme” barrel auction lot aims to be a powerful and flavorful wine with balanced acidity and freshness.

WINEMAKER(S): Megan Gunderson (WALT), Alison Frichtl (WALT), Adam Lee (Clarice Wine Co.)


National Distribution: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

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