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93   2014 Land of Promise Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
There’s an exciting tension among pure, rich, raspberry-laced fruit, touches of graphite and crushed rock, tar and anise flavors. Impressive for the vibrancy of the acidity and the structure provided by the tannins. Drink now through 2023.–James Laube, Wine Spectator

 

 

THE WINE

Our ultimate goal as a family is to create a great wine that represents our vineyard: Terra de Promissio. Terra de Promissio wines are recognizable by intensity of character, deep color and remarkable textures—results of the vineyard's southwest facing hills and low yields. More distinctive characteristics are found in the vibrant and exuberant aromatics—a result of the Sonoma Coast’s cold winds and fog of the Petaluma Gap. The combination rewards us with exceptional and age-worthy Pinot Noir.

For the last 17 years, Terra de Promissio, has been dedicated to growing Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir grapes for multiple premium wineries such as Kistler, Kosta Browne, Hanzell, Lynmar, Spell, Whetstone and Williams Selyem. Wines with Terra de Promissio grapes have received numerous awards and accolades including being part of the Wine Spectator’s 2011 Wine of the Year - the 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Our inaugural 2013 vintage is now sold out.  We are now offering the 2014 Land of Promise. Production of Land of Promise Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is extremely limited. For information on obtaining this wine, please click the Acquire button above or below.

THE WINEMAKING

Winemaking and viticulture must be seen as a whole, rather than as separate parts. This is essential to producing the best wine we possibly can. And in true collaborative family fashion, Charles, Diana, Diana's Mother, Father and her sister Alina contribute to managing the vineyard on a day to day basis.  Even Christian and Grace contribute by scaring off birds during the harvest season.

Diana is also tasked with overseeing the making of the wine. This teamwork is essential to our family’s goals, and allows the work in the vineyards and winery to be of one and the same objective. We implement a very focused, precise approach to the wine, wherein each individual block is considered and handled separately. We vinify the small lots using artisanal methods: hand-sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, no fining and no filtering. All considerations are driven by the vineyard identity and respect for the wine.

This attention to detail and hands on style by family members retains the character of Terra de Promissio.

Hand harvesting in the cold of the night is best for the fruit. These grapes arrived at the winery cold, fresh and in pristine condition.

Hand harvesting in the cold of the night is best for the fruit. These grapes arrived at the winery cold, fresh and in pristine condition.

Sorting, tasting, smelling, observing—close and persistent attention to every detail is critical throughout the life of the wine.

Sorting, tasting, smelling, observing—close and persistent attention to every detail is critical throughout the life of the wine.

After draining from fermentation tanks, Land of Promise is aged in the best French oak barrels to create an age-worth wine.

After draining from fermentation tanks, Land of Promise is aged in the best French oak barrels to create an age-worth wine.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Since our inaugural vintage in 2005, Terra de Promissio has consistently received very high accolades for its fruit.  Whether a winery is vineyard designating or blending our grapes into a Sonoma Coast wine, multiple critics from the leading wine publications agree that the wines that include Terra de Promissio grapes are some of the best in the world.  Below are some of the highlights from the first eleven vintages. 

2015 Vintage

93   Domaine Della  Terra de Promissio  Pinot Noir
Plump and juicy, combining richness with delicacy, well centered on supple, effusive, plum, blackberry and wild berry fruit that gushes with flavors and glides along the palate, showing just the right touch of tannins and spice. Drink now through 2023.–James Laube, Wine Spectator

2014 VINTAGE

93   Land of Promise  Terra de Promissio  Pinot Noir
There’s an exciting tension among pure, rich, raspberry-laced fruit, touches of graphite and crushed rock, tar and anise flavors. Impressive for the vibrancy of the acidity and the structure provided by the tannins. Drink now through 2023.–James Laube, Wine Spectator

98   Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
This majestic new 2014 Williams-Selyem already delivers full-throttle thrills now and promises years of grandeur ahead. Opulent red fruit, dazzling complexity, deftly balanced structure, and tremendous length and an exotic “X factor” that will have you begging for another glass! Alluring floral notes, sweet blueberries and Provençal herbs soar from the glass. Stunning ripeness of red fruit (primarily cherries, pomegranate, and raspberries), baking spices, and terrific delineation are guaranteed to impress with hints of an enticing savory sweetness on the lengthy finish. The exquisite balance and provocative finish bode well for enjoyment 2016 – 2024. BRAVO!” – California Wine Advisors

94   Spell Estate Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Our favorite Sonoma-based bottling is the Terra de Promissio Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast. The wine’s mouthfeel is fulsome and velvety, coating the mid-palate with flavor and juiciness. That flavor is ripe strawberry, black raspberry and clove, with a touch of tobacco on the lengthy finish of succulent dark berries. This is a big but balanced Pinot of supreme purity, expressiveness, wholeness and wholesomeness. A real beauty with stately presence. The joy of not knowing is experiencing the thrill of realizing how little you know. In the Terra de Promissio, Spell brings about new knowledge of just how much there is to discover in the beautiful regions of Sonoma. –J.M. - The Corkscrewer Report

2013 Vintage

95   Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
The winery's third vintage from this cooler-climate vineyard offers a mix of bright red cheery, wild, dried herb, rose and anise aromas rising to the fore. Lingering acidity keeps the firm tannins at bay--the two opposites finding a peaceful balance, allowing a freshness of citrus to succulently creep in on the finish.  V.B., Wine Enthusiast

92   Spell Estate Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 100 cases, $58. Vineyard is planted to clones 115 and 777 and is located in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast AVA. Primarily 115 with a tiny amount of 777. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 50% new, 25% once-used and 25% older. Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. Fresh aromas of earthy black fruits. Aggressive attack of dark red and black stone and berry fruits accented with a hint of white pepper and spice. Very suave and definitely earthy, with a pleasing blackberry-infused finish which leaves a hint of heat in its wake. Prince of Pinot

93   Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Delivers a pure, focused core of wild berry, raspberry, gravel, anise, dried herb and savory notes that are pleasantly tannic. The fruit pushes through in the end, finishing in a juicy mouthwatering manner. Drink through 2022. 6,581 cases made.  –James Laube, Wine Spectator

2012 Vintage

92   Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pure, fresh and rich, with vivid raspberry, wild berry, boysenberry and floral notes imparting a good mix of flavor and structure. Ends with a dash of black licorice, gaining on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 406 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

95   Spell Estate Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Seriously Smitten – The fruit for this tiny-production Pinot is grown east of Petaluma on a rolling hill in the Petaluma Gap, buffeted by cold maritime winds.  The elegant red is savory-spicy with aromas of green brush, but softened on the palate with cherry wood.  In fact, the wine’s perfume can cast a spell and cause you to believe you are lost in the woods.  Nudged by cocoa powder, nutmeg and rose petals bitters on the finish, you awake from the reverie and continue to sip. Tasting Panel Magazine

94   Lynmar Terra de Promissio Pinot Noir
From the windy howls of what’s known locally as the Petaluma Gap, this Pinot reflects its surroundings, subtle in aromas of rose petal and buoyant in wild strawberry, black tea and coastal-kissed acidity. Enjoy from 2017–2021.  — V.B, Wine Enthusiast

2011 Vintage

96   Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
A new bottling from the winery. The vineyard is in the Petaluma Gap, a cool area south of the Russian River Valley, toward San Francisco. The vintage was cool, too, so the wine is brisk in acidity and low in alcohol, but it still tastes amazingly ripe and complex. The wine dazzles with waves of black raspberry jam, sweet olive tapenade, sautéed brown mushroom, root beer, moo-shu plum sauce and mocha. If those flavors sound like they don’t go together, just try the wine. It’s seamless and compelling. Drink now–2020. --Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
 

2010 Vintage

92   Lynmar Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pure and elegant, with a supple, rich mix of raspberry and wild berry with subtle spice shadings and fine-grained tannins. The finish sails on. Drink now through 2023. 414 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

2009 Vintage

In 2011, the Wine Spectator named the 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as its Wine of the Year. The wine comprises fruit from three vineyards including Terra de Promissio. It is the first Sonoma County wine to win the award since 1999 and the first ever Pinot Noir wine to win. Wine Spectator editors tasted and reviewed over 16,000 new releases from 12 countries and they noted the Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast bottling showcases Michael Browne’s meticulous winemaking and the quality of their grape sources.

95   Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2011 Wine Spectator Top 100: Rank: 1 "Wine of the Year"
Ripe and deeply flavored, concentrated and well-structured, this full-bodied red offers a complex mix of black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit that's pure and persistent, ending with a pebbly note and firm tannins. Drink now through 2018. 5,818 cases made.
–James Laube, Wine Spectator

94   Lynmar Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Supple and graceful, with a rich, elegant mix of plum, black cherry, raspberry and wild berry flavors. Medium- to full-bodied and very well-proportioned, maintaining its rich core of dark fruits and adding spice and mineral notes. Ends with an elegant lift. Drink now through 2018. 398 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

93   Kesner Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Terra de Promissio)
The 2009 Pinot Noir is a beautiful, elegant wine bursting with dark cherries, sweet flowers, licorice and spices, all in a plump, racy style that is highly appealing. The 2009 boasts gorgeous mid-palate pliancy and depth, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Kesner sources his fruit from the Petaluma Gap. The Pinot Noir is made with native yeasts and spends 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. -Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

2008 Vintage

90   Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Shows a smoky, baconlike charry richness, with loamy earth and dried berry.—Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2018. 3,554 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

93   Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Pure, rich and focused, with firm, ripe, vivid plum, black cherry and raspberry fruit that's full-bodied, intense, complex and concentrated, gaining momentum and ending with a long, full, persistent finish. Drink now through 2016. 3,103 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

2007 Vintage

95   Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2009 Wine Spectator Top 100: Rank: 4
Very complex, intense and spicy, delivering intense, persistent and rich dried berry flavors.—Kosta Browne non-blind vertical (March 2011). Drink now through 2017. 3,069 cases made. –James Laube, Wine Spectator

2006 Vintage

92   Siduri Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
A gorgeous Pinot Noir that combines cool, classic Sonoma Coast with the Siduri style of lush fruit. This wine is not a blockbuster, but is extraordinarily good now, with grilled blackberry, cherry, cola, cinnamon, clove and anise flavors. Does the magical trick of balancing power and delicacy. Now through 2010. - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast

91    Lynmar Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
Deep, saturated red. Highly aromatic bouquet of wild strawberry, raspberry and smoky minerals. Juicy, sharply focused red fruit flavors offer very good energy but no undue weight. The long, spicy finish reveals no obvious tannins. A very pretty wine, with excellent clarity and persistent finishing minerality.    -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2005 Vintage

90   Siduri Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir
The medium ruby-colored, spicy 2005 Pinot Noir Terra di Promissio Vineyard possesses red currant and sweet cherry characteristics along with a kirsch-like component. With soft tannin and decent acidity, it can be drunk now and over the next 3 to 4 years. -Robert Parker, Wine Advocate