Kristie Tacey, winemaker and founder of Tessier Winery, is a scientist turned winemaker. A former published research scientist who studied protein pathways, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from her native Michigan to pursue a career in biotechnology, which included working on the Human Genome Project. Kristie eventually came to realize that winemaking was her true calling and after working as operations manager and assistant winemaker at an award-winning East Bay winery, she started Tessier in 2009.
Tessier 2016 Pinot Noir, Saveria Vineyard
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Aromas of cranberry, rhubarb, and fennel pollen leap off the page. The palate reads a story of pomegranate, red apple skins, and cafe au lait. The plot is supported with good structure and a little more time will make for a happily-ever- after-ending. 13.2% alc., 150 cases produced.
96 Points Wine Spectator: “For the second year in a row, this wine from Kristie Tacey, a research scientist turned winemaker, is nothing short of astonishing. Noted viticulturist Prudy Foxx farms Saveria, a sandy, gently sloping site in the bucolic, aptly named Pleasant Valley on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Maybe it’s the regular influx of fog from Monterrey Bay that gives the wine its cool, ferny scent and spacious texture. It’s lacy yet full of intense coastal flavor; there’s a sweet purple-flower tone saturating the wine until it takes on the richness of fruit—glints of forest strawberry, bass notes of wild mushrooms and cedar.”