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November 2020


"True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery


For the first time since the birth of Soliste, Don and I start our days with the realization that barrels will not bear the harvest of 2020 and will sit empty. In our last newsletter and release, we spoke on how painfully we came about making the decision not to pick this vintage. Northern California fires have burned well over 4 million acres, more than doubling the previous grim milestone. Many wineries, vineyards, and people’s lives have been destroyed or deeply hurt not only by the persistence of Covid-19 and its economic impact on the wine region but also by the smoke. No matter how devastating this year has been for all of us, Today must be a new day. We cannot let ourselves be prisoners of our dark thoughts and events beyond our control that will test our resolve. Don and I are ready to write the next chapter for Soliste on our own terms.
A sabbatical year can be a great time to reflect and rejuvenate ourselves in order for the wines to have a deep connection to our commitment. The culture must remain intact; We will overcome this year, but we need to plant new positive seeds so Soliste can remain what it was always intended to be and do. Soliste is our therapeutic Domaine. We crafted our wines to be the connector of happy souls around the dinner table, and for you, your friends and family to have a moment of bliss and lasting joyous memories. 

And so, it is without hesitation and deep pride that we create this exceptional release to remind us that there is no greater pleasure but to share with you our most compelling Pinots Noirs, rather than have them sit another year while we wait for the restaurants to have their own Renaissance. 


Our November Release

Three Legendary Pinot Noirs that have defined Soliste
Offered again at our special restaurant-direct pricing

  • L'Espérance MonoClone Pinot Noir 2014
    A New-York restaurant favorite since 2006 and the 2014 is the very best vintage of this wine, an extraordinary silky texture of exotic spice and tart red cherry compote.

  • Les Griottes MonoClone Pinot Noir 2016
    The restaurant-only version of our most sought-after wine, L’Ambroisie has a royal pedigree from his cousin of Vosnes Romanée and has been on the wine lists of the best restaurants in NY, DC, Chicago, LA, SF.

  • Narcisse Pinot Noir 2016
    A Single Cuvée from the other great barrels from each of our vineyards blended together and aged to harmonize the once separated wines to craft Narcisse. Another restaurant favorite, it is a remarkable Pinot that will find itself on many tables as a returning guest.



We are also releasing the extremely limited MonoClone One Barrel L’Ermite Rouge 2016
$110 per bottle, Limit 4


As the Soliste motto goes "If it is worth doing…It is worth overdoing!!!"



One Single Cigar Ermitage Barrel, Single vineyard, Single Clone,
100% Whole Cluster press, 22 Months Élevage, 27 cases produced


Thanks to your overwhelming support, we have sold out of most of the wines offered earlier this year. So we are digging deeper into other restaurant allocations for you as we remain eternally grateful for your support, heartfelt words of encouragement, and especially for forwarding our newsletter to your friends, whom we welcome into our Soliste family. 

For orders of six bottles or more of any of our wines, shipping will be complimentary. Please visit to order, or contact / 707-955-3005 for assistance. We deeply appreciate your business as this is a great help to Soliste as we navigate the next few months without restaurant orders. 

On behalf of our families, please stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of one another in your neighborhoods. We can get through this when we show each other support, empathy, discipline, generosity, and the amazing resilient American spirit. It takes a village.

À Votre Santé,



Soliste Cellar

In Burgundy, a winemaker may reserve a special barrel for friends and family. They call this barrel Soliste. L’ERMITE ROUGE defines the origin and the promise of Soliste. From one barrel only 27 cases of 750s were produced, bottled and waxed by hand. Although it hurts to part with so few bottles, sharing this special release with you, the very few that have been loyal supporters of our journey, fills us with joy and pride.

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We realized we had a unique and rare opportunity to create a Single Cuvee from the other great  MonoClone® barrels from each of our vineyards. We blended the best barrels together and aged to harmonize the once separated wines to craft Narcisse Pinot Noir -- an exceptional wine of great depth, fruit concentration and elegance, a pure representation of Soliste wines.

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Sorry - Narcisse is sold out!


The paradoxical concentration and intensity of L’Espérance embodies our philosophy: Focus on a single clone gave birth to this absolutely stunning Pinot Noir. Powerful, yet refined, what a pinot noir should be and rarely is.

15 In Stock
Only Available in Vertical

Born from a legendary clone of great pedigree and situated on an amazing site in the middle of giant redwood trees. The wine density and concentration as well as its origins have created many debates and conversations around the tables of our friends. The 2016 Les Griottes possesses all of the great qualities and is reminiscent of the great wines around Vosnes-Romanée.

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Les Griottes is unfortunately Sold Out!