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I used to try and keep a PLOG (Pinot log, my version of a BLOG), but frankly, between kids and barrels that both needed my attention, I couldn’t keep up. I am a firm believer--in writing and in wine--that if I am asking you to take your valuable time to read/drink something, I should be putting an appropriate amount of my effort into crafting it … and the blog format just wasn’t living up to that standard.

But, people often ask if they can get their hands on my previous release and update letters, and I’m happy to oblige. They do loosely read like a newsletter. If you want to receive these letters/offers regularly, please sign up for the mail list.

2018 Spring Release Letter

2017 Fall Update

2017 Spring Release Letter

2016 Fall Update

2016 Spring Release Letter

2015 Fall Update

2015 Spring Release Letter

2014 Fall Update

2014 Spring Release Letter

2013 Fall Update

2013 Spring Release Letter

2012 Fall Update

2012 Spring Release Letter

2011 Fall Update

2011 Spring Release Letter

2010 Fall Update

2010 Spring Release Letter

2009 Fall Update

2009 Spring Release Letter

2008 Fall Update

2008 Spring Release Letter

2007 Spring Release Letter

2006 Spring Release Letter

2005 Fall Update

2005 Spring Release Letter

2004 Fall Update

2004 Spring Release Letter

2003 Spring Release Letter

Release News

Current Release: 2017
Status: Sold Out

Direct Buying Window: Closed

In the Spring, Road 31
Pinot Noir is first offered to the
“truckers” (mail list).


"Supple, seamless, sexy and pure style. Kirsch, black raspberries, spice box, dried flowers and incense notes all emerge from this fresh, balanced, silky [2017] wine that's ideal for drinking over the coming 5-6 years. 93 pts." --Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016... is a forward, incredible charming effort that offers impressive amounts of kirsch and blackberry fruits to go with notes of spring flowers, moderate tannins, and a silky, elegant, weightless texture. I love its balance. 92 pts." --Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2015 Pinot Noir is slightly darker and richer than the 2014 and gives up plenty of currant and mulberry fruit, notes of spring flowers and forest floor, medium- bodied richness, terrific balance, and a structured, age-worthy style that should benefit from short-term cellaring. 92+ pts."--Jeb Dunnuck

"This [2014] silky, elegant, seamless Pinot Noir has no hard edges and stays light and graceful on the palate. 92 pts."--Jeb Dunnuck

"Each year, Fortner and his green 1966 Ford pickup have turned out a tiny batch—500 to 700 cases—of Pinot Noir that has garnered accolades and a mailing list of rabid fans, endearingly called 'truckers.' His one-man operation is the epitome of specialty small-batch winemaking."--Men's Journal, "Napa's New Breed."

"Toasty oak, good structure and balance; Complex, interesting flavors mark this Pinot -- it's great. 92 pts."–The Pinot Report.

"Road 31's 2011 Pinot Noir impresses for its delicate, understated personality. This is an absolutely goregous wine, especially in the context of a vintage that was full of challenges."--Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

"This wine walks the walk (or should I say rides the road). The pretty ruby color draws you in. The sexy nose offers up dark cherries, roses, nutmeg, and toasty oak. Flavors of cherries, cinnamon and vanilla are luscious enough to nibble on. The wine finishes with a sexy candied cherry kiss that lingers. A beautifully balanced wine with sensual creaminess that only Pinot Noir can offer."--Pinotfile Newsletter, Dec 2006

"Delicious Pinots from Road 31 and proprietor Kent Fortner. The Road 31 Pinots are aged partly in Hungarian oak, which adds a distinctive layer of spiciness."--Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
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1175 Azuar Dr.
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