Our Director’s Pinot Noir reflects the beauty of the vintage with an alluring fragrance of raspberries, cherries, and rose petals. Silky upon entry, the wine broadens on the palate, growing richer and more flavorful with sweet juicy flavors of strawberries, cherries, and cloves, as well as notes of tea leaves and candied orange peel. Toasted oak rounds out the spice character and helps sustain its elegant structure. Enjoy with grilled salmon, spice rubbed pork chops, or mushroom risotto.
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.