(2011 Vintage) 2014 was our third drought year in Russian River Valley, and the vines gave us beautifully ripe grapes once again. Budbreak was early, and the spring was dry and warm, with some late rain giving the vines all the water they needed. The ripening season was classic Russian River, with warm days and cool nights—and with no major heat spells, the fruit ripening was perfect to give us the lush tannins, bright berry fruit and bright acidity we love in our neighborhood. The wine shows rich, dense black cherry and blackberry fruit and nuances of strawberry, raspberry, and nutmeg in the nose. In the mouth, the first impression is fresh berry fruit, then the soft, broad tannins carry notes of marionberries, nutmeg and sandalwood through a lingering finish. Thanks partially to the moderate alcohol and bright acidity, the finish lingers with fresh cherry fruit and creamy berry compote. This is a wine that rewards a bit of breathing in the glass, and will certainly do the same with a few years in the cellar. As always, this wine has a broad range of food pairings, whether alone with some well chosen cheeses, richer fish preparations or a good old steak on the barbeque.
Planet Grape(2013 Vintage) Rich, layered and slightly chewy with notes of blueberry, blackberry, button mushroom, white rose and vanilla.
Planet Grape(2014 Vintage) Intense enough for steak, this classic old school RRV Pinot Noir has notes of pink rose, raspberry, cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, sarsaparilla, and vanilla bean.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) Incisive ripe-cherry fruitiness governs all aspects of this very well-made youngster, while carefully fit oak provides a sweetening boost in richness from beginning to end. Medium-full-bodied and supple in feel with nicely placed acids providing brightness and bounce to its lengthy finish, the wine hints at refinement to come and will repay those willing to wait for a few years with a deep and well-polished Pinot Noir that tempers richness with grace.