91pts, Wine Enthusiast
Frozen strawberry and black-raspberry sorbet elements mesh with sandalwood spice and a cinnamon-chiffon touch on the elegant nose of this bottling. The palate struggles to match that aromatic excitement, but does offer tightly wound raspberry, slate and thyme touches. This will age for years.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Chalone, Monterey County
  • ALCOHOL
    14.10%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Only 143 cases produced, this single-vineyard Pinot Noir from Brosseau Vineyard, a certified organic plot comprised of a blend of limestone and granite, is a stunningly balanced, refined wine with impeccably opportunity for aging.

David Rossi launched Fulcrum in 2005 before the “pursuit of balance” was in vogue, but settled on the name Fulcrum as he believed it was the ideal metaphor for crafting Pinots from the finest grapes to create a final cuvée that is balanced, complex and age worthy. The point of which the object balances.

The wine is packed with elegant aromatics of sweetened strawberries, blackberries, cola and dark cherries with hints of smoke and sandalwood spice. A silky palate with notes of raspberries, minerals, cedar and thyme.

TASTING NOTES 

The wine is packed with elegant aromatics of sweetened strawberries, blackberries, cola and dark cherries with hints of smoke and sandalwood spice. A silky palate with notes of raspberries, minerals, cedar and thyme.

THE STORY TO KNOW

A Fulcrum is the point on which an object balances. This was the name winemaker David Rossi chose for his winery when he founded it in 2005—years before the word balance became an essential element in any discussion about great New World Pinot Noir. For David, a Fulcrum represented the style of winemaking he spent years refining. It was also an ideal metaphor for his belief in leveraging the finest grapes to create balanced, complex and age-worthy Pinot Noirs.