The 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir bounds from the glass with
plush aromatics of Morello cherry, mulberry, baking spice, and red clay.
The fine, alluring texture gives
way to focused flavors of boysenberry, bergamot, and iron which continue to evolve throughout the
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
Vineyards: Katherine Lindsay Estate, Schell Ranch Estate, Roger Wishard Estate, Goldrock Estate,
Clonal selection: 828, 777, 115, 667, Calera, Pom, 114, Mt. Eden, Swan, Beba, ch-96/97
Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2018.
9% whole cluster inclusion
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
5-day cold soak, 14 day maceration
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 45% new
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi
Displays a deep crimson hue.
Delightful with wild mushroom tartine, roast quail, or rosemary-rubbed leg of lamb.
Serve at 50°-55° F.