Highly Limited-Production Wines of Distinct Burgundian Character Released from “One of a Kind” Vintage, Hailing from Sonoma Grand Cru Vineyard
(SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2022) – Crescere Wines, the luxury, small-production winery from Sonoma known for its site-specific wines and “farming first,” philosophy, today announces the release of their newest vintage of single-vineyard wines, Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 and Chardonnay 2019 (SRP $120 and $100). Founded in 2016 by the Reynoso family in collaboration with renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, Crescere’s highly-limited 2019 vintage of Platt Vineyard wines reflect a moderate growing season that ultimately brought harvest dates back to their typical mid-October timeframe, following many vintages of extreme heat that continued to pushed harvest dates earlier in the season.
“The 2019 season was one of a kind,” says Crescere co-founder and proprietor, Joe Reynoso. “Our goal at Crescere has always been to showcase the place, and both of these wines do a phenomenal job at achieving that. We’re proud to reveal the Platt Vineyard 2019 wines, and thrilled that the abundant spring rainfall and lack of extreme heat in 2019 allowed us to create such extraordinary wines that so clearly express the distinct terroir of Platt.”
Crescere maintains that a site-specific strategy is key for achieving wines with pure varietal expression, and leans on their decades of farming experience in Sonoma to determine which sites are ideal for each variety. For Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Crescere is proud to source from Platt Vineyard, one of the most heralded vineyard sites in all of California, and considered by many to be a Sonoma “Grand Cru.” Its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, fine sandy loam soil, elevation above the fog line, and influence of Pacific Coast winds combine to create terroir that is particularly well-suited for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
“Our Platt Vineyard wines have a signature minerality and raciness resulting from the influence of the Pacific Ocean, which is only three miles from the vineyard,” says Reynoso. “The mild vintage conditions in 2019 yielded Platt wines that are particularly Burgundian in character, with complex layers of floral notes and incredibly soft tannins defining the Pinot Noir; while the 2019 Chardonnay is bolder and more expressive than previous vintages while still maintaining its signature freshness.”
- Crescere Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
- 14% ABV, 750ml, $100 SRP, 92 cases produced, 93 points (Jeb Dunnuck)
Notes of nectarine, pear and melon mix with thai basil, acacia, lanolin and wet stones rise from the glass. On the palate, citrus with orange and lemon are underlined by hazelnut, fresh button mushrooms and basil. The longer the wine is open, the more the fruit moves to the back palate and the wine becomes increasingly savory. Shale and toasted nuts on the finish.
- Crescere Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
- 14.6% ABV, 750ml, $120 SRP, 70 cases produced, 94 points (Jeb Dunnuck)
Heady aromas of mulberry, blueberry, plum and pine, opening up to notes of rose petal and carnation with a tinge of wet gravel; eventually giving way to cinnamon and ginger. On the palate, notes of Rainier cherry mixed with tarragon and marjoram mingle with an earthy, mossy undertone, along with baking spice notes of cinnamon and ginger.
Founded in fall 2016, Crescere Wines was born from a partnership between proprietors and husband-and-wife team, Joe and Elena Reynoso, and renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, who worked together to create a range of premium wines that capture the distinct essences of Sonoma’s most heralded sites. A third-generation Mexican American family, the Reynosos produce their wines through a “farming first” mantra, displaying distinctive varietal character without sacrificing elegance and their signature terroir. The Crescere line currently includes a Reynoso Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Red Blend, and Syrah, a Proprietary Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir hailing from Platt Vineyard and a Sauvignon Blanc from Ritchie Vineyard.
The Estate was purchased in 1994 and began an ambitious planting program in 2000 that has sold fruit to many of the most highly regarded wineries in Sonoma County since then. The family, along with their vineyard crew, currently farm 155 of the 550 acres; the rest of the ranch remains home to oaks, madrones, knob cone pine, bay, manzanita, olives, apples, table grapes, kiwis, stone fruit, pomegranates, citrus, and much more. The grapes for Crescere Estate wines are selected by Philippe from the finest parcels and rows, and are farmed to his exacting standards. This collaboration ensures Crescere’s unforgettable wines leave an indelible mark on the landscape for collectors and experience-oriented consumers alike.
Combining nuances of old and new world philosophies, Crescere offers those seeking authenticity and discovery an opportunity to share the great heights that Sonoma County grapes can achieve through careful fruit selection, new French oak barrel programs, and the newest developments in fermentation vessels and winemaking techniques.