Winery to Watch 2012

Anderson Valley, California: Couloir

Jon Grant was working as a tour guide at Robert Mondavi when he first visited the Anderson Valley in 1997. He fell for the redwoods and the bucolic rolling hills, and he also loved wines. He decided then and there that, someday, he wanted to make single-vineyard pinot noirs from Anderson Valley. After stints at Corison, Plump-Jack and, most recently, Turley, he launched his own winery in 2007 to do just that. He’s now working with some distinctive sites in Marin County as well, turning out pinot noirs that are crisp and transparent, emphasizing freshness rather than extraction.