(From 2012 Vintage) The Russian River Valley in Sonoma has a well deserved reputation for pinot noirs with ripe flavors and supple palates.Given to warm days and cool nights, pinot noir here achieves full flavor maturity without becoming overripe.This vintage gave us a long,even ripening season,creating a wine with luscious cherry fruit flavors and an enticing sense of richness in the mouth.Over twelve months aging in French oak barrels without being pumped,and the gentlest handling enroute to the bottle,has helped preserve subtle character and texture in the wine.While drinking beautifully now,it can support up to five years additional cellaring if desired.
The fruit flavors are ripe without seeming overripe, the acidity is noticeable but not intrusive, and the tannins are supple but not hard. This creates wines which drink well in their youth yet still offer longevity in a proper cellar. Our emphasis on gentle handling at every stage of production helps to preserve delicate flavor and texture in our wines. This wine displays lovely red cherry and blackberry fruit with spice beneath, and shows oak influence of toast and vanilla.