This Pinot Noir has been crafted each vintage since 1997 with an eye toward highlighting the beautiful fruit grown throughout the appellation. Once we create our vineyard-designated wines, each of which showcases a unique terroir, we pick from the remaining lots those that will make up the blend for this wine. Being able to selectively choose from this array of vineyards allows us to clearly illustrate the diversity of terroir in the Russian River Valley Appellation, and the stunning aromas and rich wines of depth that we are able to produce year after year.
This wine opens with a big, aromatic burst of sweet sassafras, baking spice, blackberries and stone fruits. In the mouth, it is full and robust with ripe fruit and round tannins. As the wine continues to open, it shows a true purity of fruit and becomes silkier on the palate. Juicy, sweet notes of black cherries, violets and sweet vanilla oak carry though in a long, pleasing finish.
Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden is doing a terrific job keeping the standards high with this iconic label. ... It's an instant Russian River classic, showing terrific dark berry fruit, conifer, and sweet cedar aromas. There's plenty of grip and sappy tannins on entry with a coiled-up energy that reveals lovely mixed berry fruits, clove, and a tangy blood orange acidity. The long juicy finish is punctuated by brandied black cherries and flamed orange peel. Imminently refreshing.
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