2012 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley

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Winemaker's Notes:

Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend from carefully selected vineyards in this appellation: Leras Family Vineyards, Peters Vineyard, Nunes Vineyard, Bucher Vineyard, and Vin Noy vineyard.  Each vineyard holds its own distinction; and we feel that the fruit is among the best the Russian River Valley has to offer.

During the fermentation and aging process, we keep each vineyard/clone separated,   cold-soaking the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. We hand-punch to closely control the temperature, sometimes as often as five or six times a day, and age in Francois Frères  barrels for 11 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes:

Medium ruby in color, this wine has an inviting nose of red berry, tea and white flowers.  It's medium in body with initial clean raspberry and cherry flavors on the palate.  The flavor profile develops to reveal enticing earth, cola and tea notes joining the red fruit flavors.  the nicely balanced acid leads to a long mouthwatering mouthfeel.  The lovely and satisfying finish rounds out this great wine that will continue to develop and fill out with additional bottle aging. Drink now through 2022.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
September 17 - October 12, 2012
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
10 months in François Frères French oak, 40% new, 60% 1 & 2-year-old
1370 cases / 750ml 16 cases / 1.5L

2012 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley