The 2009 Prodigal 'Clos Pepe' Pinot Noir does a remarkable job of walking the line between masculine and feminine. While simultaneously translating the vineyard qualities clearly, it also allows the delicate notes to emerge and speak in a way that only the finest vineyards do. Here you will find a bottling that is not only rare, but potentially never to be seen again... the estate is under management and no longer offers fruit for purchase. So while supplies last, we have a few cases left of a limited production winemaker/vineyard collaboration of a lifetime! Get them while you can!
The name “Prodigal” stems from the career paths that Stephen Russell has taken. As an early (1960) graduate of the UC Davis Enology program, but not a member of a wine family, he was the first formally-trained enologist to be hired by the Gallo's. After discovering that corporate winemaking didn’t offer the future he had envisioned, and after attempting unsuccessfully to raise the money to purchase Freemark Abbey, with a twenty-something’s wisdom he decided to leave the industry. After returning to school (DVM and PhD) and an academic career in cancer research, he and his wife, Mary, returned to California to found Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard / Prodigal Wines in 2001. The ‘prodigal son’ had returned!