The ONE Barrel Release
EVIL TWINS PINOT NOIR
Clos St Jacques...West
Welcome to our dark side, Halloween 2022 Release
Single vineyard, from Two MonoClones, ONE barrel, never to be produced again
Our fascination with the great red Burgundies comes from the singular aromatics and complexities that are born in unique vineyards but a few kilometers apart. It is why we undertook the challenge and risk to focus on each specific clone of Pinot Noir that is best in harmony with each vineyard site – our Single Vineyard, Single Clone, and Single Cooperage wines – MonoClone®.
With each vintage, Don and I continue the Soliste experiment by growing and selecting grapes of great complexity, aromatic layers, and elegant texture.
Evil Twins is the cumulative result of years of meticulous vineyard understanding, crafting a wine of extraordinary character and personality from Two Clones as different as we are, yet when assembled are simply magical.
Clone 23 creates our MonoClone Forêt, and Dijon 828 creates our MonoClone L’Ambroisie. Both from a magnificent, secluded vineyard near Occidental. The hillside vineyard has a northeastern exposure, a very steep slope, and is in the middle of a spectacular redwood forest. Just 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the western coastal range, is perhaps the most visually stunning vineyard to which we are entrusted – the depth of aromatics and spice is a pure reflection of this truly unique vineyard’s site, slope, climate, and clones.
Evil Twins benefit from all previous harvests from this exceptional vineyard. Each Clone was sorted at midnight - “Boo!!!” The very best, stem ripe clusters were hand selected to be cold-soaked on the skins for 3 days. The Twins were whole cluster pressed, then aged in a neutral French oak barrel for 16 months.
2018 EVIL TWINS…Clos St Jacques West
Le Regard / The Look
The deepest cherry blood red clarity in the glass, with pulp density from the whole cluster press.
Le Nez / The Nose
The gorgeous aromatic bouquet soars from the glass instantly in expressive scents of red and black cherries, plums, raw cocoa, grilled meat, herb tones, a great base of pine needle soil, and a refined framing of sweet vanilla. Once it opens up in the decanter, the perfumed bouquet explodes with layers of morello cherry, quince, raspberry preserve, crushed rock, and elements of darker fruit that become more pronounced with aeration—blackberry and a touch of blueberry.
Degustation / The Taste
The first taste flows across the palate with fabulous depth and richness. Dark red fruit, blueberry, cocoa nibs, licorice, violets, and exotic spices all come together in the glass, while the intensity of the fruit covers every corner of the palate. This powerful wine is impeccable, not to mention stunning in its beauty and textural elegance, the Burgundy Paradox. As the wine evolves in the glass, all the components become magnified and voluptuous, deep, full-bodied, tangy, and quite sappy at the core, with fine redwood soil signature and ripe elevated tannins from the whole cluster press. It is a model of extreme purity and grace, the fruit is impossibly sweet, perfumed, and resonant. As the wine keeps evolving, the silky rich texture with saline and savory spikes, elevates the wine to a vibrant, sensual and long finish highlighted by blood oranges and green fennel tops.
This is the closest Twin that I have tasted next to Clos St Jacques 2015 from Rousseau. Evil Twins encapsulates what makes Burgundy so compelling…this is it…Magnificently Scary!
Evil Twins, more than any other Soliste wines, represent our unique friendship and journey, that came from two Humans of opposite roots, upbringing, nationality, who found themselves with common threads…Great wines, great food to be shared at a convivial table filled with devilish jokes and laughter; If you cannot laugh at yourself, then laugh at someone else.
Our October Release
Along with the very unique Evil Twins Pinot Noir, our offer includes a very limited vertical of Renaissance Pinot Noir for your Fall feasts. Since our restaurant partners are beginning their return, with respect for their wine lists we will no longer list wholesale prices on our website. However, we will continue to offer select wines at our special pricing for as long as we can. In addition to this new exclusive release and offer, we will continue to honor the special pricing reserved for our loyal customers on request. Please contact Don to receive restaurant-direct wholesale pricing and availability.
$224 for Two
|For other selections, please see the Pinot Noir section of our online cellar.|
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