From Sonoma’s Russian River Valley wine region, this Pinot Noir has elegant varietal fruit character, with rich aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, red currant and boysenberries. Hints of lavender and mushroom are supported by a subtle oak influence. This wine will evolve into a silky, smooth wine with time in the bottle.
The Russian River Valley is one of California’s most celebrated sources of world class Pinot Noir. The region is blessed with strong maritime influences, specifically, a cool climate defined by the fog that follows the river valley to blanket the vineyards. Warm days and cool nights encourage distinct varietal characters in the ripening grapes. Early winegrowers planted Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane, to make hearty, simple wines. Since the 1960’s, however, the Russian River Valley has been home to the pioneers of New World Pinot Noir.
The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed and cold soaked for approximately five days before primary fermentation began. We utilized a mix of natural and Burgundian yeasts selected to complement the terroir of the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Upon completion of primary fermentation, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and a percentage of the wine received up to 7 months of oak contact during maturation. A variety of new Burgundian oak barrels with medium to light toast levels and 1-3 year old French oak barrels were used in order to complement the delicate, elegant Pinot Noir aromas and flavors.