Sean Minor Wines

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: California
People: Sean Minor Family, Owners | Sean Minor, Winemaker | Will Bucklin, Wine Consultant

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Sean Minor Wines 2018 'Four Bears' Chardonnay, Central Coast Login In Stock
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Sean Minor Wines 2018 'Four Bears' Pinot Noir, California Login In Stock
Sean Minor Wines 2017 'Sangiacomo - Robert's Road Vineyard' Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Login <1 Case
Sean Minor Wines (19.5 L) 2018 'Four Bears' Pinot Noir, Central Coast (Keg) Login In Stock
Sean Minor Wines 2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Login In Stock
Sean Minor Wines 2018 'Nicole Marie' Red Blend, North Coast Login In Stock

Sean Minor, with his wife Nicole, started their Four Bears Winery in 2005. Four Bears is named after their four children: Nick, Elle, Jack and Charlie.

It was not long after Sean and Nicole married that they discovered wine was their second largest monthly expense. After many years of working in the industry, Sean was determined to produce affordable, top caliber, terroir-driven wines from premier appellations throughout California. With Four Bears Winery, Sean and Nicole succeed in producing wines that exceed ones expectation at the price point.

Sean Minor met Nicole while studying for finance at Arizona State University. Together, they moved to California where Sean started working for Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyards. Like many who catch the wine bug, Sean looked beyond his finance background and began taking classes at U.C. Davis in viticulture and oenology. The wine industry was where he’d stay.

Sean and Nicole moved to the Pacific Northwest when Sean was recruited to manage King Estate Winery (widely renown for producing Oregon’s largest and most highly regarded Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris). It was at King Estate Winery where he met winemaker Will Bucklin. They developed a friendship during their time together at the estate. Sean left King Estate to lead Benton Lane Winery. The family returned to California in 2001 for the opportunity to manage Renwood Winery and enhance Sean’s wine experience growing and marketing some of the Golden State’s best Zinfandel and Syrah. Four years later, they founded Sean Minor Wines.

Sean recruited family friend and colleague Will Bucklin to act as his consulting winemaker. Will’s experience and expertise complements Sean’s philosophy of offering wines that exude quality and truly represent the appellation, from which they’re produced, yet are affordable for everyday enjoyment. They collaborate on the selection and blending of all the wines. Will is generous with his time as he also runs his own family winery.

Will Bucklin is a graduate of U.C. Davis' prestigious oenology program and started his career with an internship at the historic and world-renowned Chateau Lafitte Rothschild. A stint with Thomas Hardy in Australia, and Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino, preceded his move to Oregon and King Estate. In 2000, Will moved to his family vineyard in Sonoma Valley where he launched his family's winery.

Media Links
The Sacramento Bee: No Vineyard? No Winery? No Problem for Sean Minor

Social Media
Facebook: @SeanMinorWines
Twitter: @seanminor
Instagram: @seanminorwines

Reviews

  • Sean Minor 2017 'Nicole Marie' Red Blend, North Coast
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (1/1/2020)

    Nicole Marie Red Blend is deep ruby in color and displays aromas of dark cherry, cassis and vanilla. On the palate, it is big, rich and spicy, offering flavors of red berry, dark cherry, cassis and black pepper that integrate with hints of oak spices, coating the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.
  • Sean Minor 2018 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90 (12/1/2019)

    This Chardonnay is a light golden straw hue and displays aromas of apple blossom, yellow peach, nectarine and oak spice with hints of vanilla and butterscotch. On the entry, crisp vibrant flavors of ripe pear and peach with a touch of minerality and a medium body mouthfeel which evolves into a full, lengthy and satisfying finish.
  • Sean Minor 2018 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (12/9/2019)

    (Top 100 Values) Airy and well-spiced flavors of cream, apple and ripe pear are plush and engaging, with buttery notes on the finish.