2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml
93 WINE ENTHUSIAST
Vibrant fruit and spice aromas and layered texture. Aromas are dominated by red fruit tones of black cherry and boysenberry, while black fruits dominate on the palate. The vibrant aromas expand and give way to red plum, toasted brioche and allspice.
After 4 years of drought in Sonoma County the 2016 growing season started with abundant and consistent rainfall, replenishing reservoirs and recharging soils with much needed water. Moderate spring temperatures encouraged the vines out of dormancy with an early bud break. Light but consistent rainfall and moderate temperatures in the spring provided optimal conditions for rapid shoot growth and the growing season got off to a fast and furious pace. Temperatures during bloom were nearly perfect in the Russian River Valley resulting in yields that are likely at, or near, Sonoma County’s historic average. The weather through the summer continued with warm days and cool nights, with very few heat spikes.
Vibrant fruit and spice aromas and layered texture. Aromas are dominated by red fruit tones of black cherry and boysenberry, while black fruits dominate on the palate. The vibrant aromas expand and give way to red plum, toasted brioche and allspice. On the palate the wine has integrated acidity and fine tannins that should allow for mid-term cellaring. As always the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Through intensively farming each vineyard site, our intent is to maximize the character and individuality of place and we do so utilizing the most progressive viticultural techniques. Harvested at night, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation. This blend is a collection of heirloom clones of Pinot Noir like Calera, Swan, Pommard, Mt. Eden, and Chalone as well as newer French selections like Dijon 777 & 943.
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
|Harvest Date||August 19th - September 20th, 2016|
|Aging||17 months in French Oak, 37% new|
|Bottling Date||February 2018|