Winery to Watch 2016

California: Easkoot

Chileno Valley Vineyard

Stephan and Emily Schindler jettisoned their LA television-production company soon after they launched Winemonger, their Austrian-focused wine import business, in 2003. They later moved north to Marin County, and made the first wine under their own Easkoot label in 2009, starting with a pinot noir from the cool, windy Chileno Valley Vineyard just 20 minutes away from their home in San Anselmo. The 2014 is their best vintage yet: The Chileno Valley Pinot Noir is trim and pretty as usual, but with just a bit more concentration—delicious, perfumed and graceful. The 2014 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir, from just over the Sonoma border, is similarly bright, with a refreshing, sumac-scented coastal vibrancy. A new addition: an addictively frisky rosé from some of the Chileno Valley fruit.