In creating our Russian River Pinot Noir, we source from a number of vineyard sites including our own Floodgate and Maddie’s Vineyards. Each site represents a unique expression of Russian River Valley terroir. We chose these vineyards to create a wine that exemplifies the classic character of Russian River Pinot Noir: big, luscious and velvety.
2006 was a challenging year weather-wise, and a great deal of time was spent in the vineyard working and watching the crop. A cool, wet spring delayed bud break, flowering and fruit set.
In June, it looked like the harvest would be three to four weeks later than average—later even than 2005—which was considered a late year. Cool weather continued into July, which turned
out to be a good thing when temperatures rose above 100 degrees for a few days. Often heat spikes will result in elevated sugar levels, and it can be a struggle to obtain the “hang time” necessary for full flavors. The cool weather created the opposite effect, with flavors developing ahead of sugars. Warm weather in August and September allowed for full ripening with excellent retention of acidity and minerality.
Pinot Noir from the 2006 vintage is showing expressive personality with pronounced minerality, concentrated flavors and fine grained tannins as a result of naturally low crop levels and the cool growing season.
Spicy black pepper, dried cranberries, cola, mocha and cherry.
PALATE: A classic Russian River Pinot Noir. Bright and clean, with deeply layered flavors of raspberry, and rhubarb which give way to flavors of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is clean and long with balanced tannins, acidity and oak.