The Prince of Pinot | March 2015

Recent Sips of Chardonnay 

VOLUME 10, ISSUE 6

Light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A mineral-driven Chardonnay with aromas of lime, fresh green apple, pear, sea breeze and nutty oak. A bit austere upon opening, picking up considerable intensity and interest over time in the glass, offering flavors of peach, pear, apple and lime, framed by bracing steely acidity. A Chablis impostor! Score: 91

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Mercury News | January 2015

Grape Tales: Cabernet Pfeffer 

Mary Orlin

"Pfeffer adds floral notes and red fruit, plus lots of pepper spice, hence the name. Pfeffer is the German word for pepper. Pfeffer doesn't have the big tannins of cabernet sauvignon. I'd call it more feminine to the masculine cab sauvignon. Soon I was hearing about cab pfeffer everywhere. I had to learn more about it. I mean, pfeffer is just fun to say..." Read more.

Edible Monterey Bay | November 2014

BONNY DOON VETERAN IMPRESSES WITH OWN LABEL

by  Laura Ness

"When Nicole decided to start her own wine brand, Ser, in 2012, she turned to local Santa Cruz Mountain growers to source fruit from the many distinct microclimates in the appellation. 'I wanted to showcase locally grown varietals and capture their sense of place,' she says. 'Having my own brand gives me a chance to focus on wines I don’t make for Bonny Doon, in particular, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir'..." Read more here.

The Prince of Pinot | October 2014

2012 Ser Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

VOLUME 9, ISSUE 49

Moderately light garnet color in the glass. This is a savory wine with more interest than just fruit. The nose offers aromas of cherry, sous-bois, iron, tomato, herbs and wood. Light and elegant in style, but with a noticeable midpalate attack of red cherry, cranberry and red raspberry fruits. Slightly confected with a prominent savory herb undertone. Slightly plush on the palate with suave tannins, juicy acidity, and some finishing length. Very forward and easy to like and a perfect foil for grilled salmon. Score: 89

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Good Times Weekly | September 2014

Ser's Pfeffer

by Josie Cowden 

"First of all, it’s a Cabernet Pfeffer—a variety of grape not seen on most stores’ shelves. It was nearly brought to extinction in the 1800s in France by the destructive phylloxera louse, so we should be thankful that it’s still around at all, and that fine winemakers like Nicole Walsh have the knowledge and passion to make it..." Read more.

The Wine Corner | May 2014

I think the Santa Cruz Mountains are California’s most neglected high-quality wine region.
— Pierre DuMont

"2012 Ser Pinot Noir This is the maiden vintage for winemaker/proprietor Nicole Walsh at Ser Winery. The wine comes from a mixture of three vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is elegant, balanced and layered with silky tannins and sweet spices. Great start to a promising winery. " Read more here.