Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave (Pahlmeyer, Wayfarer winemaker) and Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni, Lucia, J. Finn, etc. winemaker). Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths. Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel… most likely with a glass in hand.
Shared Notes 2018 Les Lecons de Maitres, Sonoma
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The Shared Notes Les Leçons des Maîtres blends the aromatic intensity of Sauvignon Blanc with the textural resonance of Semillon. Apple, pear, mint, almond and dried flowers are all woven together in this delicious, inviting Sonoma County white. The blend is 76% Sauvignon Blanc and 24% Semillon.
Vinous 96 Points: A blend Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the Les Lecons Des Maitres reminds me of a Haut Brion Blanc (it really is that good) with its crushed citrus, tart pineapple, white flowers, and salty minerality. Racy and pure on the palate, with medium-bodied richness and depth, it has bright acidity, a terrific sense of tension and elegance, and a great finish. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age but will be very long-lived.
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