2018 Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir
Embodies classic Russian River Valley style offering vibrant acidity with notes of Rainier cherry, pomegranate and allspice with soft, silky tannins.
Our Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is the embodiment of all of our favorite characteristics from one of the most acclaimed Pinot Noir growing regions in the state. Notes of juicy red fruit accompanied by hints of baking spices make this a hallmark Russian River Pinot Noir.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Budbreak came later in the spring with very little concern about frost, leading into steady growing temperatures with occasional rain. There were intermittent heat spikes in June and July, though not prolonged, pushing the season along. August was temperate, allowing slow ripening and complex flavors to develop. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
Our Russian River Pinot Noir is carefully monitored in the vineyard, and then hand-picked when flavor is at its most intense. The grapes are destemmed, and moved to stainless steel fermenters where they are cold-soaked and saigneed to concentrate flavor and aromatics. On average, they spend 8-12 days fermenting at moderate temperatures before being pressed and racked to 30% new French oak barrels, where they spend 9 months maturing.
AppellationRussian River Valley