Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Vintage production: 300 cases
MAXEM is all about precision, ultra-focused winemaking, and celebrating the finest terroir of the Sonoma Coast at the hands of winemaker Sam Kaplan.
The wines are elegant, pure, remarkably balanced wines loaded with tension and energy, that have knocked us off our seats every time we’ve tasted them. They’re as close in class to the Grand Crus of Burgundy we’ve ever experienced in California, while maintaining their unmistakable Sonoma DNA.
Silver Eagle Vineyard rests atop Stoetz Ridge, the land mass that divides the remote Sonoma Coast from the Russian River Valley. This vineyard experiences both the cooling ocean breezes of the nearby Pacific, as well as the warmth of the interior valley. The Pinot Noir made from this unique confluence of climates is extraordinary: a rare balance of explosive wild berry, mouth-watering acidity, and rich, polished tannins.
Four Corners Wine:
“Fantastic from the outset – so refined on the nose, super concentrated with a core full of gorgeous top notes of grilled herbs and dried meadow flowers, a great streak of savoury earthiness, almost a touch of white truffle. Complex and delicious. The palate is stunning, showing real depth, intensity, and tension. The structure and texture are great, filled with darker berries and great acidity. Lovely purity and great a great profile and sense of balance. Powerful, yet a Pinot of total grace. Gorgeous.” (Sept. 2023)