Los Pilares

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: San Diego, South Coast
People: Coleman Cooney, Kyley Morgan, Jay McCarthy, and Michael Christian, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Items

Los Pilares 2019 'High BPN' Red Petillant Naturel, San Diego County Login
Los Pilares 2017 'LaDona' Muscat Petillant Naturel, San Diego County Login TFL NR In Stock
Los Pilares 2019 Assyrtiko, San Diego County Login TFL NR
Los Pilares 2017 Grenache, Highland Hills Vineyard, San Diego County Login In Stock
Los Pilares 2019 'Pie Town 2.0' Cider, San Diego County Login

Los Pilares is Coleman Cooney, Kyley Morgan, Jay McCarthy, and Michael Christian.

Before producing wine for others, they were all either backyard vignerons, garage winemakers, or wine industry professionals. Since the first vintage in 2010, they've been trying to show the terroir of San Diego’s backcountry and mountains by making wine with nothing but grapes (or apples) and sometimes minimal SO2. All of the grapes and apples are from sustainable vineyards and orchards. Coleman Cooney is planting a new vineyard at 3,500 feet of elevation in the Cuyamaca Mountains of San Diego in soils of granite, quartz, shallow leaf litter, and veins of clay. The land abuts the Santa Ysabel Preserve.

Social Media
Instagram: @michaellospilares
Facebook: Los Pilares

Reviews

  • Los Pilares 2017 'LaDona' Muscat Petillant Naturel, San Diego County
    The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (4/14/2020)

    I used this LaDona at a recent event at the Soho branch of The Wing. I love it, so was happy to see it be a crowd pleaser. This is a sparkler made in the tradition of refermented wines of Emilia. It’s whole cluster fermented with three days of skin contact, then some frozen must from the harvest is introduced to restart the fermentation under crown cap. I gave the wine to The Wing crew to write their own notes. Some of the comments? "Smells and tastes like sour beer. Tastes like a peach. Salty at the end. Nostalgia of summers past. Makes me want to keep drinking it." Their notes were spot on.
  • Los Pilares 2019 Assyrtiko, San Diego County
    The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (5/27/2020)

    So what does assyrtiko taste like outside of Greece, in San Diego County, grown on decomposed granite 1400 feet above sea level? This bottle answers that question. The winemaking decisions were typical wild child Los Pilares. The grapes came in at 20 brix, were foot stomped and then covered “to keep out bugs but not oxygen.” Fermentation kicked off after 48 hours, then the juice was pressed off to tank where it finished up. The result is an easy refresher with mouthfuls of sandy texture, salt and sun.