Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, 2017

$ 24.00$ 108.00

While grown primarily in the sandy Goldridge soil, which tends to produce Pinot Noir with flavors of red fruits and orange peel, this wine also illustrates some of the deep, brooding black cherry character generally found in the region’s clay soils. It was bottled without fining or filtration, and should age gracefully for a handful of years.

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Winemaker's Notes

Our main Pinot Noir bottling which is treated as though it were an estate bottling (if we had one!).

When there is a heat spell at the beginning of harvest (usually around Labor Day) it is very important to be prompt about harvesting thinner skinned varieties. This lesson is well-illustrated by my learning curve with ‘The Hill’ Zinfandel from Scherrer Vineyard: wait too long and the spell is broken. Because of the extraordinary competition for harvest personnel in 2017 when it was time to pick, we were able to call in some favors and get the grapes in while the spell was still in effect.

Rose hips, beets, hibiscus tea accent the red and slightly black cherry notes on the nose. Tons of red fruits, mouth-watering acidity on the mouth, this just makes you want to take another bite of food and another sip of wine. For those of you who are chemistry-focused, the pH of this wine is the lowest of any vintage I have bottled. That tells a lot about how lively the wine is and how promptly we were able to harvest.





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  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineFebruary 2021
    Medium-light ruby; attractive, deep, ripe, fragrant, floral, black cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with earthy and herbal notes, and hints of baking spices, and forest floor; medium to medium-full body; rich, ripe, fleshy, red fruit flavors with bright acidity and an elegant, silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. My Score: 91/100 Nick Ponomareoff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    VinousJuly 2021
    The 2017 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is such a gorgeous, overachieving wine. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, spice, hard candy and rose petal imbue the 2017 with captivating darkness that works so well with its layered, resonant personality. Readers will find a Russian River Pinot of uncommon elegance. Wow! 93+ points. Antonio Galloni

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