(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.
(From 2011 Vintage) The Russian River Pinot offers scents of black cherry, strawberry, and dried rose petal in the nose, with accents of vanilla and clove. Classic Russian River spiciness builds on the palate in the form of cinnamon and herbs accenting the ripe cherry and plum fruit flavors. Vibrant acidity and a nutty note on the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesScents of tart cherries with a slight drift towards a lemony note take the aromas slightly off the typical Pinot track, and, in truth, acidity is never far from the scene in the wine's pert, nicely fruity flavors. Full in body, a bit stiff in the latter palate, yet structured for uses with tangy, marinated meats or seared tuna steaks, this one could use a few years of aging.