Back to Pinot Noir ~ Leras Family Vineyards ~ Russian River Valley
92 Points - Wine Spectator
94 Points - Pinot Report
The Leras Family Vineyard, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley off Woolsey Road, is planted with Pommard clones that are approximately 13 years old, as well as newer vine clones 115, 667 and 777. This vineyard embodies earthiness and minerals, the signature of Pinot Noir grown in the Russian River Valley.
We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and aging. This gives us many more blending options. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine into Francois Frères French oak barrels, and then age for 11 months before bottling.
Deep ruby color opens to a very aromatic nose of black cherry, cola and toast. Sweet black cherries, cranberries carries through to a mid pallet that is very velvety with notes of minerals and toast. Well balanced with a very long complex and fruit driven finish. Pinot that is amazing to drink all by itself. Wow, this is really tasty! Drink now through 2016