The citrus, apple and white peach flavors are bright and alive, with gorgeous, rich brioche aromas and steely minerality.
Founded in 2004, Tricycle Wine Company is the parent company for three boutique wine brands – Molnar Family, Kazmer & Blaise, and Obsidian Ridge. The company is unique in the wine industry in that it controls the quality of its grapes from soil-to-crush and the quality of its oak from forest-to-coopering. They import oak barrels from the Budapesti Kadar Cooperage in the Tokaj region of Hungary. In addition to his vineyard management duties, Peter Molnar is in charge of production at the Hungarian cooperage. After moving to California to develop hands-on experience with cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, winemaker Alex Beloz worked on harvests in Bordeaux, New Zealand and Chile, to broaden his knowledge of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Poseidon’s Vineyard, located in the Carneros region at the confluence of Carneros Creek and the Napa River, was planted in 1973 to the Burgundian varietals – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Within Poseidon’s Vineyard fruit is sourced from two unique parcels – Primo’s Hill for Pinot Noir and Boon Fly’s Hill for Chardonnay.
|After a long and slow fermentation the wine aged for 21 months in heavily toasted Kadar Hungarian oak barrels. A ripe, intense, pure and focused wine.
|History — Kazmer & Blaise was the wine that got it all started, and therefore holds a special place in our hearts. In 1995, Peter K. Molnar was tending to grapes. That same year, Michael B. Terrien, a “philosophy major with a fishing problem” (Michael is from Maine where he crewed on Linda Greenlaw’s boat, of The Perfect Storm fame), had just finished up his winemaking studies at the famed University of California, Davis.
Michael and Peter, already good friends, started making small batches of Pinot Noir from Primo’s Hill, a single, seven-acre block of grapes on Poseidon’s Vineyard. They soon discovered that their 20-something friends did not make great customers (paying customers, at least), and a few years later started putting some on the market. It’s been hard to get a hold of ever since.
During a creative lull, Peter and Michael decided to string their middle names together in order to create a name that almost nobody can pronounce. Winemakers? Yes. Brilliant marketers? Decidedly not. They also adorned the label with a rooster on a stump, but that’s a story that you might want to hear about after having a glass or two of “K&B”, as we call it.
In any case, this is micro-quantity wine — only a few hundred cases are produced each year. Kazmer & Blaise is truly a handcrafted wine, and is a deeply personal rendition of the varietal. This is Pinot Noir that can drink more like a Northern Rhone than a Burgundy. It is a style that might be called Roman Catholic, if other Pinots are considered Protestant. You can almost taste the guilt.
|We are producers of single-vineyard wines from Napa Valley and the North Coast. We grow our grapes in vineyards that we own and manage. We build our barrels from wood that we select from the forests of Tokaj. We crush in small batches, which is critical to our winemaking philosophy.