(From 2013 Vintage) This Pinot Noir has rich aromas of raspberry jam and brandy- macerated cherries. Its luxurious density and beautiful structure are hallmarks of the 2013 vintage. Round flavors and balanced tannins finsh with nuances of vanilla and star anise. Classic pairings like pan-seared duck breast with a cherry reduction work very well, along with many meaty or smoky dishes. Even baked fish topped with herbs and Provencal-inspired tomato and garlic sauce.
(From 2012 Vintage) Picket Fence Pinot Noir represents an exceptional value for the region. Russian River Pinot Noir is known for a darker fruit profile, and this wine stays true to varietal character, with spice and excellent structure adding to the complexity.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRipe cherries, caramel and a touch of chocolate emerge as the main themes of this wine's medium deep nose, and the same mix of ripe fruit and oak follows on in the flavors. Moderately full-bodied and a bit soft in feel, the wine tends ever so slightly to dryness after its glyceriny start in a way that suggests that it will show best early on.