If you like Shea, you’ll love Ebony Wines. Ebony owner and winemaker Chris Mazepink was at Shea Wine Cellars from the 2004 through the 2006 vintage and worked on some of their finest wines. Today, Ebony Wines is his personal passion, and it shows. Production is miniscule: he made 96 cases of this exquisite wine from his own Olenik Vineyard.
Ebony Wines Olenik Vineyard Pinot noir 2010
96 cases made
$39.60 in any 12 bottle order or build a case ($44.00 retail)
Succulent, intense, round, mouthcoating, juicy, fresh. And that’s just the beginning. Supple, with black fruit and a rich, velvety texture, the 2010 Olenik introduces itself with an intense aroma of dried cherries, cocoa, and blackstrap molasses, all while maintaining a sense of freshness and a hint of violets.
It fills my senses with big, round, juicy flavors – fresh and vibrant concentrated cherry fruit, cinnamon, clove, dried blueberry, and dried cranberry. I could drink this wine today, or cellar it for many years. This is a big, hearty Pinot that calls for rich foods – venison with a morel mushroom sauce, or a hearty roast beef. If you like your wine lush, round, juicy and full, with layer after layer of flavor, this is the Pinot noir for you.
I made a video of Chris talking about the Olenik at the store last week. He talks about the Shea Pommard and the dense, big qualities of both wines, and gives some food pairing advice. And here’s an article about his winemaking at Shea Wine Cellars.