The Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from several vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, a region that extends from the Carneros appellation in the south to the Russian Valley appellation in the northeast. The relatively cool coastal temperatures are balanced by abundant sunshine, allowing the fruit to reach optimum ripeness each vintage. The methods we use for crafting Pinot Noir include early morning crush and a cold soak period to stabilize color. Open-top fermentation produces a plush, silky texture, which accentuates the tantalizing flavors of crushed cranberries, cherry, strawberry, allspice, clove and vanilla.
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Wine Maker Notes
This vintage of Director’s Pinot Noir blends grapes from Carneros, which produces fruit with spice and earth notes, with grapes from the Russian River Valley, an area known for creating rich, dense wines noted for bright cherry and cranberry flavors. As a result of combining fruit from two appellations, we designate this wine "Sonoma Coast.” Both of these regions experience a cool climate and fog that rolls in from the coast, conditions that favor Pinot Noir. Once our fruit is placed in tanks after harvest, we perform punch downs each day in our open-top fermenters in order to coax from our grapes as much color and flavor as possible. Because this wine represents optimal vintage conditions, it’s even more deeply colored and dense than last vintage.