The Russian River Valley is a large and diverse appellation. Each neighborhood shows itself in a different way. The warmth of the Middle Reach, gives us the higher toned fruits. In the Sebastapol Hills, cooled by the Pacific Ocean via the Petaluma Wind Gap, wines are leaner and earthier. The Laguna Ridge provides a lush mid palate. Wine from the Santa Rosa Plain show more tannin, and help to form the backbone of the wine.
In creating our Russian River Pinot Noir, we source from a number of vineyard sites throughout the appellation. 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.
A season of brilliant weather, moderate temperatures, and slow, even ripening. The first half of 2009 was relatively warm and dry, allowing budbreak, early vine growth, and flowering to occur without event. Throughout the Russian River Valley, average highs barely exceeded the high seventies for most of June, July, and early August. An intense heat spike at the end of August wrecked havoc with many varietals, but both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sailed through unscathed. Harvest for Pinot started the first week of September even temperatures allowed us to pick when sugars, acids, and flavors were balanced. The Chardonnay followed soon thereafter, and September's ongoing mild weather allowed for leisurely remainder to the harvest. This type of slow, even growing season allows extended hang time for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, creating intense aromatics and vibrant flavors that unfold steadily as they age.
NOSE: Spicy black pepper, dried cranberries, cola, mocha and cherries
PALATE: Bright and clean with deeply layered flavors of raspberry and rhubarb which give way to flavors of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is long and clean with balanced tannins, acidity and oak.