Pinot Noir 2013
We make Pinot after the French style. I fell in love with 11 and 12% alcohol Burgundies from a local wine shop here in Sonoma County ultimately defining my approach to this noble variatel. My philosophy when crafting Pinot Noir is that we are not re-creating the wheel. There have been many, many generations of winemakers chasing after this elusive, challenging varietal, so naturally I wanted follow in their footsteps of making elegant Pinot in the context of Russian River Valley climate and soil.
This delicate approach to Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is exemplified with a soft, red cherry and earthy forest floor. Light mouthfeel and delicious juicy finish.
Our approach to Pinot Noir is one of non-interventionist. We pick our Pinot Noir clusters plump with no raisining or dimpling, bringing it to the crash pad early in the morning to preserve the freshness. The fruit for this blend comes from two tiny vineyards grown by Randy and his three guys. Protected by dry ice, the clusters are carefully crushed, de-stemmed and placed into an oxygen-deficient environment as soon as possible. This assists in keeping the volatile acidity in check for the ten-month aging in mostly neutral, mature oak casks. We bottle this wine unfiltered and unified.
15% french oak