“The color is medium to dark cherry red. In the nose there are hints of cola, rose, spices and a touch of forest floor. It is medium to full bodied and well balanced. This young Pinot is complex and full of flavor with a long, lingering finish. It is tightly wound now but will relax with a little time in the bottle. Patient cellaring over the next three to ten years will be rewarded.”
The Russian River Valley is renowned for producing superb Pinot Noir’s and is widely regarded as one of the premier spots in California for this fickle grape. We feel our second release of Pinot Noir under the does the appellation justice.
We sourced our grapes from two very different vineyards. One is relatively flat, on the valley floor and the other is on a hillside. One is planted to UCD 23 and the other to a selection known as the Martini Clone. Both are in the heart of the Russian River Appellation and both are managed by dedicated farmers. Yields averaged 2.5 to 3 tons per acre.
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Composition:100% Pinot Noir
Clones:Martini, UCD 23
Barrel Aging:16 months in French Oak Barrels, 55% new
Brix @ Harvest: 25.4°
Bottled: March 2008
TA: .65 g/100 ml
Release Date: June 2008
Suggested Retail: $42 per bottle