Similar to the situation in 1999 that led to the immensely popular ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Little Sister’ RRV Pinot Noir bottlings, I was faced with certain 2002 fermentation lots that seemed to ‘fight’ when combined with other particular lots. After trying many different approaches, they ultimately sorted themselves out into two different blends that I am very happy with. It was tempting to repeat the 1999 nomenclature, but that wouldn’t be fair to any of the wines, because while there are some similarities to the previous pair, there are important differences too.
The first, larger 2002 blend is a great example of our style of RRV Pinot Noir with a nod (and maybe a wink) in the direction of ‘Little Sister.’ Beautiful red fruit character, precisely centered on the palate make this my current favorite of the two, and something I consider our typical RRV style. More complex than our 1999 ‘Little Sister,’ it is called simply ‘Russian River Valley.’