Nose

Aromas of black cherry and bright strawberry.

Palate

Rich, dark fruits dominate the palate, with accents of red fruit and complex undertones of white pepper and nutmeg. The fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity add layers and tension, accentuating the flavors and velvet-like mouthfeel for an elegant finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2016

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 8% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels  5 day cold soak, 16 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers

Aging

Aged 11 months in French Oak barrels; 44% new Coopers: Francois Frères, Damy, Cadus, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi, Gauthier

Appearance

A classic rendering of Russian River Valley pinot noir, this wine offers a dark cherry hue.