Pinot Noir 2010
Delicate herbal tea aromas with perfumed rose petals and candied red fruit.
The 2010 Estate Pinot Noir is stunning. In classic Harvest Moon style, the color is pale and light, but it sure does not lack in aromas. At first, a delicate herbal tea profile comes out with perfumed rose petals and candied red fruits. This wine has a juicy, spicy finish. We feel these approximately 400 cases represents the elegant side of the cool climate Russian River Valley.
2010 was by far the most challenging growing season in my ten years in the business, in fact most of the "old schoolers" said 2010 was the worst they had seen. Between a cold, rainy spring and downright cool summer, the clusters began to rot early on the vine. In order to dry out the inner canopy and expose what sun was available that season, most growers pulled leaves on the afternoon side of the foliage canopy. Bad mistake, because on August 17th, the Russian River Valley and greater Sonoma County experienced a record heat spell with temperatures rising above 105 degrees. I literally watched 50% of my crop sunburn. Ultimately, what we did harvest was very high quality; it just wasn't that much in quantity. These 20 barrels were aged for 16 months on mostly neutral, mature oak casks.