(From 2013 Vintage) Rod Strong was among the first modern wine pioneers with a vision to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. In 1968 he planted our heritage River East Vineyard in the alluvial clay-loam soils adjacent to the winery in Healdsburg. Today the Russian River Valley is well established as one of the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in the world, and we continue to rely on the original River East Vineyard as a core contributor to our estate vineyard bottling.
(From 2013 Vintage) The 2013 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of cherry and rose petals. With a soft and silky texture on the palate, cherries, pomegranate, floral and baking spice characteristics shine through with balance, acidity and a nice lingering finish. This medium bodied wine was aged for 13 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. Enjoy this Pinot Noir now with a roasted chicken with a red wine butter reduction sauce, roasted pork loin or wild mushrooms over polenta or cellar it for enjoyment for the next two to four years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jun-06
Wine & SpiritsRating: 75.6/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06
Wine EnthusiastRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast