Briceland Wines anything and everything - TN: Briceland 2020 Sauvignon Blanc - terrific

Really looking forward to working through the case+ I purchased on berserkerday.

  • 2020 Briceland Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Humboldt County - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (3/7/2022)
    I took this to a dinner and the host said “I hate grapefruit in my Sauvignon Blanc”. Okay then… Let’s open this bottle and find out what’s under the cork.

This is definitely not a New Zealand style. It reminds me more of a few high quality Napa SB I’ve tried over the years. Fruit is apple and pear with a significant spice layer, not Christmas spice, but clove and rosemary type herbs. Medium plus weight. Very nice.

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Changed the topic for all things Briceland so I can drop other tasting notes in here.

This Pinot Noir… Yikes

  • 2018 Briceland Vineyards Pinot Noir - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (3/10/2022)
    Whoa - incredible Pinot. Running under 13% ABV on the label has me intrigued. Hint of crushed moss and tart red fruit aromas. The palate is tart cranberry and sour raspberry. Beautiful. I suspect, as great as this wine is, there’s upside with some cellar time.

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Thank you for the posts. Sounds like they are 2 for 2 for your box! I have a BD order coming in and will be a first time consumer; looking forward to trying their wines.

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Me too, Greg. I think I had Briceland Pinot years ago. Same vineyard as Cabot maybe?

But I’ve been meaning to get his stuff for awhile and BD is nuts for me and just slipped through the cracks. Not this year and I did the 12 bottle sampler and a couple of extras.

Briceland is everything I’m into so I look forward to your observations as well. I’ll get a bottle opened every week, hopefully.

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I had the Chardonnay and it was very nice!


Wow… Briceland has it’s very own private thread!

Brig - Glad you liked the wines and thanks for posting!

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You are in the big leagues now, Andrew!! [snort.gif] [cheers.gif]

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Had the Noir d’Orleans yesterday. Everything you’d want from an easy drinking claret.

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Oh damn!

I opened the rose tonight. What an experience. I’ll get a note posted. Too fun.

  • 2020 Briceland Vineyards Rosé Pét Nat d’Orleans Ishi Pishi Ranch - USA, California, North Coast, Humboldt County (3/14/2022)
    This is made in the style before Methode Champanois. Very rustic. Andrew told me to put this in the freeze for a bit before opening because it’ll bubble up. So I did. It’s bottled with a cap so I took it outside to open for fear of the blow back. Opened it and barely a spritz… Huh. Back into the house. Oh wait here it comes like a boiling pot of water. Get me a glass ASAP! LOL

Wine looks like fresh squeezed guava juice, pinkish and loads of chunks of grape goodness. That could be decanted off but why? Rustic is the perfect description.

Strong pink grapefruit flavors and very light effervescence. It’s like a mimosa in a bottle. Paired with a cheese and fruit platter was perfect. Very enjoyable and bonus points for the entertainment value.

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Firstly, I’m glad you liked the wine in its rustic, cloudy condition.

Secondly, I think I need to put out a video on how I open this one…

I put it in the freezer from the fridge for 20-30 min.

Open and decant PROMPTLY, leaving behind the gross lees and perhaps 1/2 an inch of wine.

In addition to the wine being clearer, the advantage of this is that the wine keeps more of the bubbles.

Once it gets stirred, the bubbles nucleate with the sediment and it releases most of the CO2 right away.

Either way, it is a fun and tasty wine.

For those of you who are patiently waiting for your order, a stack went out today. The rest will sadly have to wait until the beginning of the April. My nephew is getting married in Buffalo.

Andrew Morris

Spectacular. Acid, lemon, lime and superior mouthfeel.

Medium gold color. When I first tasted this I mainly thought this was a grower champagne with zero dosage minus the bubbles. I was trying to figure out if the color was from oak but I wasn’t getting those specific markers and then I thought to myself it’s almost like it spent time on the lees. Bingo, back of the label says extended time on the lees. Nice creamy texture.

Fantastic wine.

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2016 Briceland Syrah, Ishi Pishi Ranch

For Father’s Day this 10 lb brisket (pre-trimmed weight) spent 7 hours on the smoker.

As I scrolled through Cellar Tracker trying to decide what wine to pair with it, I could find nothing that I thought would go better with it than a Briceland Syrah.

The wine is a dark purple, with dark fruit, just a hint of funk and that hint of Humboldt soil that I find so charming and appealing in Andrew’s wines.

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What’s on the grill?

Note to follow.

This is the '15 Briceland syrah and Clos Pepe 2010 Pinot noir


I also get a restrained red fruit and Cherry note. Tenants have a little structure and there’s a herbaceousness. Great pairing with the ribs. Happy Birthday Kim.

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Yikes, got this email from @Andrew_Morris

Andrew, is this offer available to anyone? I didn’t post the details.

Big fan of everything Briceland.

Briceland Vineyards
2022 Fall Offer

Dear Brig,

Greetings from Briceland Vineyards in sunny Southern Humboldt County, California. I hope that this message finds you well and in good spirits.

On a personal level, things are well. My wife Rosie and I are in good health and good spirits as we seem to be past the worst of the Covid crisis. She takes the lead in tending to our organic vegetable garden, while I’m the one who cares for the chickens and prepares dinner. Our daughter Stella is doing great. She just started her junior year at UC Berkeley and as parents, we couldn’t be more proud.

Some of you may have heard that this harvest season is presenting some challenges. If truth be told, “challenges” is an understatement. Here’s our update: things looks grim from a production point of view. Briceland won’t be producing wine from our Mendocino vineyards due to frost and drought issues. So, for 2022, there will be no Arneis from Sprit Canyon and no Zinfandel or Syrah from Dark Horse. The frost issue has impacted several other vineyards nearly wiping out crops on those site. Overall, production will be less than 50% of normal. On a more positive note, it looks like we have made it through another year without a major fire close by and with enough water in storage, so the fruit that we harvested this year should eventually make lovely wines, provided that the winemaker doesn’t screw it up.

On the wine front, we have a good variety of wines to offer. Some of these wines were allocated to restaurants which have gone out of business, some were bottled as shiners and now are just getting their labels. In any case, there are plenty to choose from and some new offers which might interest you. I know that many of you enjoy wines with some bottle age, so I dug around the cellar to find some library wines that we can offer. Those which are in low supply are marked with and asterisk, to indicate limited availability.


Yes, it is. Thanks!

Andrew Morris

How does one order?

I checked, but didn’t get an email

Sorry to hear about your issues, Andrew


Offer: 15% off 6 or 25% off 12 with shipping at the actual discounted FedEx rate plus $5 for the shipper. (My cost.)

If you have any questions about the wines, I am happy to chat. Email or phone, whatever works. I love talking about wine almost as much as I like drinking it.

My family and I thank you for your ongoing support and for your previous purchase. I look forward to hearing from you.

With warm regards from Humboldt County,

Andrew Morris,


Briceland Vineyards

707 923-2429 W 707 358-0461 C

5959 Briceland Road

Redway, Ca 95560

Please find my current list below.

Whites & Sparkling:

2020 HUMBOLDT GEWURZTRAMINER, Ishi Pishi Ranch $25 Organically Grown Grapes • 63 cases • 13.2% abv

2021 HUMBOLDT SAUVIGNON BLANC • 157 cases • 13.6% abv $23

2021 HUMBOLDT VIOGNIER, Ishi Pishi Ranch • 13.6% abv $30 Organically Grown Grapes • 63 cases

2020 HUMBOLDT CHARDONNAY $27 Organically Grown Grapes • 112 cases • 13.6% abv

*2016 HUMBOLDT CHARDONNAY, Ronda’s Reserve $31 Organically Grown Grapes • 84 cases • 12.9% abv

2020 MENDOCINO ARNEIS, Spirit Canyon Vineyard • 74 cases • 13.6% abv $24

2020 HUMBOLDT SPARKLING ROSE PET NAT d’ORLEANS $27 Organically Grown Grapes • 74 cases • 13.6% abv • No added sulfites

*2017 HUMBOLDT SPARKLING ROSE PET NAT d’ORLEANS $26 Organically Grown Grapes • 74 cases • 12.4% abv • No added sulfites


2017 HUMBOLDT PINOT NOIR, Ronda’s Vineyard • 117 cases • 12.9% abv $39 Organically Grown Grapes

2018 MENDOCINO RESERVE TEMPRANILLO $33 Organically Grown Grapes • 72 cases • 13.6% abv

2018 HUMBOLDT SANGIOVESE, Ishi Pishi Ranch $28 Organically Grown Grapes • 71 cases • 13.6% abv

NV NOIR D’ORLEANS, Ishi Pishi Ranch, Humboldt County (New Batch) $33 Organically Grown Grapes • 256 cases produced • 13.3% abv

*2016 HUMBOLDT PINOT NOIR, Ronda’s Vineyard • 139 cases • 13.6% abv $39 Organically Grown Grapes

*2016 HUMBOLDT PINOT NOIR, Phelps Vineyard • 73 cases • 13.1% abv $39

2019 HUMBOLDT PINOT NOIR, Appellation Blend • 157 cases • 13.6% abv $33

*2013 HUMBOLDT PINOT NOIR, Reserve • 38 cases • 12.5% abv $48

2018 MENDOCINO SYRAH, Dark Horse Vineyard $28 Organically Grown Grapes • 117 cases • 13.6% abv

2017 HUMBOLDT ZINFANDEL, Ishi Pishi Ranch $28 Organically Grown Grapes • 96 cases • 12.3% abv

2018 MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL, Dark Horse Vineyard $28 Organically Grown Grapes • 162 cases • 13.5% abv

*2013 HUMBOLDT PETIT VERDOT, Ishi Pishi Ranch $50 Organically Grown Grapes • 52 cases • 13.4% abv

*2014 HUMBOLDT PETIT VERDOT, Ishi Pishi Ranch $50 Organically Grown Grapes • 54 cases • 12.7% abv

2015 HUMBOLDT PETIT VERDOT, Ishi Pishi Ranch $50 Organically Grown Grapes • 113 cases • 13.2% abv