What People are Saying:

Seven Winemakers to Watch in 2012

The PinotFile
Volume 9, Issue 3
“POE: There is always buzz at these events when a new producer arrives on the scene with special wines and Poe fit the description at this event. Founded in 2009 by Samantha Sheehan, Poe specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Anderson Valley vineyards.” “You might want to get on the mailing list today”

View from the Cellar  - Issue #45

2011 Poe Vineyards “Ferrington Vineyard” Chardonnay (Anderson Valley)  I was really impressed with all four wines I tasted from Poe Vineyards, which were new to me, and their 2011 chardonnay from the Ferrington Vineyard in Mendocino is a lovely and quite youthful bottle. The deep and classy bouquet offers up a fairly primary blend of white peach, apple, very gentle leesy tones, a nice base of soil, lemon blossoms and a stylish touch of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with a fine core of fruit, lovely, ripe acids and very good length and grip on the focused and still quite youthful finish. Structurally, this wine is not particularly forbidding or snappy, but in terms of flavor and aromatic development, it is still a puppy and could use at least a year or two in the cellar to start to develop its secondary layers of complexity. It is a very well-balanced wine at 13.4 percent alcohol and a lovely new addition (at least to me) in the firmament of California neo-classicists. 2014-2019+? 91+

2011 Poe Vineyards “Angel Camp Vineyard” Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)  After having been so impressed with the quality of the 2010 pinot noir from Poe Vineyards, I reached out to the winery to see if I could get samples of the 2011s for this article as well and was delighted to have their chardonnay and pinot noir arrive at my doorstep towards the end of June. Not surprisingly, given the cool vintage character of 2011, this wine comes in a tad lower on the alcohol scale than the very well-made 2010 version (13.6 percent versus 14.1 percent for the previous year) and the wine is exceptional. The fine bouquet is quite transparent in its blend of cherries, blood orange, a touch of beetroot, woodsmoke, fresh thyme, mustard seed, a dollop of new wood and a lovely base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a fine core of fruit, lovely intensity of flavor, fine focus, modest tannins and outstanding length and grip on the complex and classy finish. This wine is really light on its feet and most impressive! 2013-2030. 93.

BP Wine
The Next Big Thing?
“Last year, we missed one of the hottest new domestic pinot noir on the market: POE. We were, well, crushed, disappointed. We HATE being caught unaware!”  “We were absolutely charmed and delighted by this wine: it is a small 300-case production (and almost sold out already) gem from cool climate Anderson Valley. Unmistakably pinot noir right away on the nose, it is pure and expressive with perfumey rose petals, lavender, cherries and a touch of cola. Gentle, long and bright, with a light, but deeply flavorful feel, this is the kind of thing you can sip on for hours.”

The Wine Insiders
"Outstanding 94+ points. It is medium bodied and elegant, yet fully flavored with enticing notes of pomegranate, sweet rhubarb, orange blossom, Bing cherries, orange pekoe tea and minerality. These flavors permeate from the front palate through the mouth and linger on the back palate creating a truly unique expression of cool climate Pinot."- The Wine Insiders

The Next Great Cult Wine
“Here at Benchmark, we like to keep up on the latest happenings of the wine world; online forums, like winebeserkers.com, offer us an opportunity to see what fellow oenophiles are getting excited about. The other day a post focused on the “New Cult Wines.” What we expected to read were a countless number of posts mentioning the next great Napa cab. What we found was actually quite surprising.  Post after post, a small production pinot noir was being mentioned by the name of Poe Wines…”


Where to Find Us:


The French Laundry - Yountville

A16 - San Francisco

AQ - San Francisco

Angele - Napa

Michael Mina – San Francisco
Sommelier - Josiah Baldavino: recipient of “Wine and Spirits Magazine Best Sommeliers of 2011

Morimoto - Napa

Oenotri – Napa
Sommelier – Sur Lucero: recipient ofWine and Spirits Magazine Best Sommeliers of 2011”  
Named Best New Italian Restaurant in US, by Food and Wine Magazine

Prospect – San Francisco

Slanted Door - San Francisco

Goose & Gander - St. Helena

Mustards Grill – Yountville

Farmstead – St Helena

Zuzu - Napa


NEW YORK - A.I. Selections

Del Friscos Steakhouse – New York City

Saxon + Parole - New York City

DBGB Kitchen and Bar – New York City
Chef Daniel Boulud

Craft – New York City
Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio & Sons – New York City

Morrell & Co. - Rockefeller Center, New York City

Ken & Cook - New York City

Benchmark Restaurant - Brooklyn

Prandial - New York City

Millesima - New York City

Le Bilboquet - New York City


NEW JERSEY  - A.I. Selections

Fairchild's Market - Roseland, New Jersey


LOUISIANA - Neat Wines

August - New Orleans

Gautreau's - New Orleans

Annunciation - New Orleans

Apolline - New Orleans

Juban's - Baton Rouge