Grilled salmon, medium-rare filet mignon, creamy mushroom risotto, pizza Napolitana, semi-soft and pungent cheeses.
22 in stock
22 in stock
100% Pinot Noir
Clone selections: Calera, Pommard, 828
Located just outside the tiny coastal town of Occidental, the 4.5 acre Heaven & Earth vineyard has been a darling from the time that Red Car made their first vintage; almost 15 years ago. Planted to 3 distinct clones of Pinot Noir and farmed organically by Red Car from day one, this site produces some of the winery’s most distinguished Pinot – truly unique to the site itself.
“Heaven & Earth was most notably featured on the cover of Wine Spectator in 2010 with the headline “Best Ever California Pinot Noir”. That wine received 97 points. It’s consistently our most sought after Pinot Noir. We usually bottle just 300-400 cases a year from this sunny hillside near Occidental.” ~Brady Moran, Red Car
2017 proved an early, warm & short harvest. As is typically the case, we began the vintage with a pick in our small block of Calera, followed by Pommard and concluded with the 828. We find wines from this site to be more structured, deep and complex, while showcasing one of the innumerate micro climates in our beloved region. – Winemaker Tanner Scheer
Barrel aging: 15 months in 20% New, 80% Neutral French Oak
Join us LIVE with Brady Moran of Red Car to taste this wine and learn about the lifecycle of a grapevine. View event details here.
Winemaking at Red Car is led by Tanner Scheer. Tanner spent six years at Ampelos Cellars, learning on the job and eventually working his way up to Assistant Winemaker in 2011. Leaving in 2013, he joined mutual friends for harvest at Dragonette Winery in Buellton, CA before accepting a position at Liquid Farm. But Chardonnay was calling him. “Chardonnay is one of my favorite varietals and I was looking for a place that could produce Chardonnay of true character, not manipulated in any way. That boils down to soil and climate.” Tanner interviewed with Red Car in June 2015 and joined the team two weeks later.
At Red Car, Tanner adheres to simple but strict principles. “I believe in minimalism,” he explains. “Don’t manipulate the fruit in the winery. It’s up to the vineyards, the climate, the soil and the farming practices we choose to employ. What’s important for me at a fundamental level is to represent each varietal in its truest form. That’s a foundation of any of our wines.” The Red Car team is a close-knit family and Tanner especially values the camaraderie and teamwork. “We are all connected to these vineyard sites and these wines. We’ve all bought into what we are doing here, so it becomes a symbiotic relationship. The wines represent us and we represent the wines,” he says. “We rely and count on one another to come through with the parts that are on each of our plates so we can come together with a common purpose and shared vision of where we are going.”
Tanner credits his father with instilling in him how important it is to love what you do. “I’ve never seen another human who just jumped out of bed every day—2:30 in the morning even! That love and passion he has for cowboying, for me it metamorphosed to the wine industry. That type of energy, that approach to life and work. I also learned from him the importance of loyalty, respect and being accountable.” Tanner Scheer lives in Petaluma, CA with his dog, Button. Describing himself as “an avid, avid lifelong fisherman,” if Tanner isn’t working, he’s fly fishing or catching bass from his kayak.