Nose

The 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir bounds from the glass with plush aromatics of Morello cherry, mulberry, baking spice, and red clay.

Palate

The fine, alluring texture gives way to focused flavors of boysenberry, bergamot, and iron which continue to evolve throughout the lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline. Vineyards: Katherine Lindsay Estate, Schell Ranch Estate, Roger Wishard Estate, Goldrock Estate, Dona Margarita Clonal selection: 828, 777, 115, 667, Calera, Pom, 114, Mt. Eden, Swan, Beba, ch-96/97

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2018.

Winemaking

 9% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5-day cold soak, 14 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 45% new Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi

Appearance

Displays a deep crimson hue.

Food Pairing

Delightful with wild mushroom tartine, roast quail, or rosemary-rubbed leg of lamb. Serve at 50°-55° F.