Klassen Pinot Noir

Klassen Pinot Noir


  • 25 year old vines from 2200 feet in Calaveras County.
  • A wine reflecting the site specific cool micro- climates of the region.
  • A Pinot Noir that is elegant and focused.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Elaboration: From 25-year-old vines planted at the cool bottom of the Indian Rock Vineyard along Coyote Creek. The Pinot struggles in this region, giving the vines just enough stress to produce a very good Pinot Noir. The Pinot grown here by brothers Dimitrio and Ray Nava takes advantage of the hot days and very cool nights afforded by the elevation. Extended hang time allows for great flavor development despite the lighter pigments. The grapes are harvested by hand and crushed, destemmed, and fermented at the Miraflores winery by Marco Cappelli. Twenty-four months in French oak magnifies the spice and strawberry flavors of the variety.

Tasting Notes: Subtle, elegant notes of strawberry and spice on the nose. Soft and subtle on the palate with just a hint of leather. A beautiful long, smooth finish. Bring on the poached chicken breast.




The Klassen wines are crafted from grapes grown throughout the Sierra Foothill’s of California by renowned winemaker Marco Cappelli. Cappelli graduated from UC Davis and apprenticed under Andre Telistcheff in Napa then went on to be the winemaker at Swanson. The wines are pure expressions of the elevation, climate and terroir of California’s oldest growing region.

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