2017 Pinot Noir - Russian River Valley
The Russian River Valley appellation delivers pinot noir grapes with a wide range of varietal characters. This blend from two vineyards expresses strawberry, rhubarb, bright cherry and Redwood forest floor aromas and flavors. Nutmeg spice integrates with fruit notes and develops textures which announce this full-bodied style. Pairs well with a variety of food. 135 cases crafted - Vegan
Blending 2 pinot noir clones together helps to create a complexity and depth of varietal character to elevate this wine into a more full-bodied style. Classic Russian River Valley appellation style permeates throughout the aromas and flavors and builds a foundation for this bold-structured, Burgundian-styled Pinot Noir.
Blend of two different Russian River Valley vineyards
The 2017 vintage was highlighted by a very hot growing season. So hot that many vineyards throughout Sonoma County found their vines 'shutting down' to protect themselves from a long string of 100+ degree days - some reaching over 2 weeks long with a sprinkling of 112-115 degree days. This allowed the growing season to extend and offered more 'hang-time' for the clusters to ripen evenly. ALL of our grapes were picked before the October 8th fires that devastated Sonoma County.
20% new French oak barrels, 80% neutral oak barrels