Sonoma Mountain


Silver Pines


Norm and Carole Silverman

Harvest Dates


Clonal Content


Alcohol / pH

14.5 % / 3.68

Titratable Acidity

0.60 gms / 100mL

Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(36% new)

Cases Produced


Suggested Retail Price



Silver Pines Vineyard

Pinot Noir

Located at 900’ elevation overlooking nearby Bennett Valley, on the northwestern flank of Sonoma Mountain, Silver Pines Vineyard is well sited to yield pinot noir of uncommon complexity.  Planted in 2000 by owners Norm and Carole Silverman, the vineyard has a cooler microclimate dominated by infusions of morning fog, followed by warm afternoons tempered with brisk afternoon breezes as the fog courses back in through the Petaluma Gap by nightfall.

The loamy-clay volcanic soils on this site are low in nutrients, naturally limiting yields to about 2.5 tons per acre.  Bailiwick takes only the 115 clone from this vineyard, from a block that faces due south, providing the perfect orientation for even ripening in this cool location.  The care that Norm and Carole lavish on this vineyard consistently results in showcase fruit.

Winemaker Notes

2012 saw a return to normal growing conditions on the flanks of Sonoma Mountain.  Consistent morning fog and late afternoon winds bracketed warm days filled with even heat.  The Silver Pines fruit ripened slowly and we were able to set the pick date to achieve optimal balance in the fruit.

The 2012 Silver Pines offers delicate aromas of bright cherry, lilac, and pencil shavings.  The medium-weight palate rewards with nicely rounded flavors of sweet cherry flowing into a clean finish of fruit and fine tannins.  Try pairing the 2012 Silver Pines with cedar-plank grilled salmon and wait for the magic to happen.


  1. Prince of Pinot - 93 pts
    “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is a nice contrast to the Londer Vineyard bottling. It is more full-bodied, more rustic and more tannic, and takes more time to open in the glass, yet it is almost equally satisfying. Black cherry is the aromatic and flavor theme, persisting through a very lengthy and mildly astringent finish. Bright acidity lifts the wine’s fruit load. I would decant or wait another year or two for this one to be fully committed, but its hard to complain now.”
    - Rusty Gaffney 6/14/14

  2. The Pinot Report - 91 points - Smart Buy Designation - subscription required
    “Medium ruby color; complex, deep, cherry aromas with some earthy and herbal notes; lush cherry flavors with earthy notes; good structure and balance; long finish. This is a good medium-bodied Pinot with all earthiness and flavor. ”
    - Greg Walters 5/15/15