George Levkoff grew up in New York City and attended Lehigh University, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and the University of Houston Law Center. Following nine years in academia and significant financial debt, he moved to Los Angeles and became a United States Government bond trader. In 1994, about ten years into his bond trading career, he had his wine epiphany when a friend brought a 1991 and 1992 Williams Selyem Rochioli Vineyard Pinot Noir to share at dinner. Four years later, he left his job as a bond trader and headed to Sonoma County.
George interned at Williams Selyem from 1999 to 2002, learning the winemaking process. He also worked at the smaller Brogan Cellars which was more closely modeled after the type of winery he hoped to have for himself. With grapes from David Hirsch of Sonoma Coast’s Hirsch Vineyard, he released 150 cases of his inaugural Pinot Noirs in 2003 (Block 3A from the Pommard clone and Block 4A from the Mt. Eden clone). The wines immediately caught the attention of top sommeliers at restaurants in Las Vegas and New York and his Pinot Noir has become quite a cult wine.
I have been a fan from the beginning, entranced by the elegance and sensuality that his wines exhibit. George in a one-man show performing every step of winemaking from sorting to bottling, marketing and delivering. The wines are highly allocated to an eager mailing list with very limited retail distribution.
14.8% alc., 280 cases, $60. 15-year-old Dijon clones plantings. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Toasty oak engages the black cherry fruit in this wine with a luscious, sappy fruit core. The flaunting, very ripe fruit is hard to ignore, but is superseded by oak-induced flavors of herbs, cola and dark caramel.
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