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So you want to be a trucker? Upon release in March, first crack at the release is given to the truckers: those on the mailing list. At that time, you will be notified how to go about getting your hands on some of “da Truck.” (Ordering is done, at that time, through this website).

Occasionally, I’ll have a little stash of wine saved back, or I am holding some wine for a restaurant that is a little slow in paying, and there will be wine available later in the year. I see all mail-list sign ups, so please do inquire, via the “notes,” if you are interesting in purchasing wine outside of the release window. Also, I’d also love to know how you found me.

As far as how often I contact folks, the offering letter goes out mid-March via both snail mail and e-mail. I also typically mail out an update in Fall. If I happen to be doing a tasting in your area, I’ll sometimes e-mail those Truckers that live in the vicinity. Besides that, I believe in being respectful of the access you are granting me to your inbox and mailbox...

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Release News

Current Release: 2016
Status: Sold Out

Direct Buying Window: Closesd; next release March 2019.

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

Accolades

"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.
Mare Island, CA 94592

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