Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Sensory Notes: The 2017 vintage yielded an exceptional wine with a gorgeous nose of blackberry, blueberry, leather and a hint of fresh herbs. The blackberry notes continue on the palate, where they mingle with lush flavors of cherry and plum. Throughout, firm supple tannins and good acidity frame the fruit, adding length and definition to the dark berry flavors.
Winemaker Notes: After a long 2017 growing season, in the run-up to harvest we had a perfectly timed heat spike, followed by an equally fortuitous cooldown that allowed the grapes to ripen to perfect maturity, yielding a beautifully dark and well-balanced Pinot Noir. The fruit from Stephens Vineyard was harvested by hand at night to ensure that it arrived at the winery cool, and in pristine condition. It then went through a five-to-seven-day cold soak, followed by a native yeast fermentation, with punch-downs applied twice-daily. The four clones were co-fermented, with 95% destemmed grapes and 5% whole clusters. The wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new.