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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.

2014 Spring Release Letter

2013 Fall Update Letter

2013 Spring Release Letter

2012 Fall Update Letter

2012 Spring Release Letter

2011 Fall Update Letter

2011 Spring Release Letter

2010 Fall Update Letter

2010 Spring Release Letter

2009 Fall Update Letter

2009 Spring Release Letter

2008 Fall Update Letter

2008 Spring Release Letter

2007 Spring Release Letter

2006 Spring Release Letter

2005 Fall Update Letter

2005 Spring Release Letter

2004 Fall Update Letter

2004 Spring Release Letter

2003 Spring Release Letter

Release News

Current Release: 2012
Status: Sold Out

Direct Buying Window: Sorry, closed until next offering in spring of 2015.

Upon release in late Spring, Road 31
Pinot Noir is first offered to the
“truckers” (mail list).

Accolades

"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, Feb 2013

"These [2009, 2010, and 2011] are three 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, Dec 2012

"2007 Road 31 Pinot Noir Napa Valley ... toasty oak, good structure and balance; Complex, interesting flavors mark this Pinot -- it's great. 92 pts."–The Pinot Report, Jan 2010.

"Each of the past three years, 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 Breek," Oct 2007

"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. Pinot Noir All-American 2006"--Pinotfile Newsletter, Dec 2006


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Address (My home; correspondence only please)
1175 Azuar Dr.
Mare Island, CA 94592

The caves and winery in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa are open strictly—but happily—by appointment; just reach out via email.