A single block of clonal material imported from a ‘fancy’ vineyard in Burgundy, this has pretty much anything one could ask for in Pinot Noir. It makes up an important core of our Russian River Valley bottling, but usually every barrel is not necessary, allowing me to bottle some to celebrate this very special match of special plant material to this special site. If I could only make one Pinot Noir, it would be this one.
When first opened, very high-toned, floral perfume of honeysuckle and grapevine in bloom (I haven’t noticed a varietal difference in bloom aromas, yet). After the bottle has been open a couple of days, grenadine and red raspberry appear. It has a very delicate entry but is quick to build a tart salivary response, while the remarkably textured mid palate burgeons. Perfectly seamless at this early stage, the continuity of flavors and progression is exactly what I’m looking for.