Sean Minor On His Background & California Collection of Wines

Sean Minor Talks History and His California Collection of Wines 2

Sean Minor has spent decades honing his craft to become a world class winemaker. Along the way to building his own brand, Sean worked for some of the most respected pioneers of the wine industry. Now at the helm of his own winery, his portfolio of wines spans the length of the West Coast, from Oregon to Santa Barbara. For the last fifteen years he has forged long-term relationships with some of the top growers in California, which has enabled him to craft wines of tremendous value and consistency with each new vintage.

We love working with Sean & Nicole Minor, and today share with you a short video straight from Sean which touches on his background, beginnings, and lineup of California wines.


0:00 – Background & Beginnings

1:08 – Sauvignon Blanc ‘4B – California’, Sean Minor

2:09 – Chardonnay ‘4B – Central Coast’, Sean Minor

3:42 – Pinot Noir ‘4B – California’, Sean Minor

6:02 – Cabernet Sauvignon ‘4B – Paso Robles’, Sean Minor

7:34 – Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’, Sean Minor

Sauvignon Blanc ‘4B – California’, Sean Minor

  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc, California AVA
  • Whole cluster pressed
  • Majority of the juice moved to stainless steel tanks, a small portion placed in small neutral French oak barrels
  • The wine in barrels aged sur lie and stirred consistently

Chardonnay ‘4B – Central Coast’, Sean Minor

  • 100% Chardonnay, Central Coast AVA
  • Whole cluster pressed and immediately racked to stainless steel
  • A portion of the juice fermented in French oak and the remaining lot in stainless steel tanks
  • Partial malolactic fermentation

Pinot Noir ‘4B – California’, Sean Minor

  • 100% Pinot Noir, California AVA
  • Grapes sourced from sites throughout Central Coast and North Coast
  • De-stemmed and gently placed into open-top stainless steel fermenters
  • Punch-downs 2-3 times per day, racked to oak for aging

Cabernet Sauvignon ‘4B – Paso Robles’, Sean Minor

  • 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Petite Sirah
  • Sourced from sites throughout Paso Robles
  • De-stemmed and gently crushed into closed-top stainless steel fermenters
  • Warm temperature to extract color and flavor
  • Racked to oak for aging

Pinot Noir ‘Sonoma Coast’, Sean Minor

Cedar and hot stone notes accent the dried cherry, plum and pomegranate flavors that glide across the palate. Shows focused minerality on the finish, with citrusy hints. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made.90 Points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator
  • 100% Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast AVA
  • Blend of Pommard and Dijon clones from carefully selected vineyards
  • Hand-picked at night and de-stemmed into open-top fermenters
  • Cold-soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation
  • Punch-downs 2-3 times per day, racked to barrels for mL fermentation
  • Aged for 10 months in French oak (20% new)