A key financing vehicle getting this winery off the ground in 1991 was a futures offering on the Zinfandel from my family’s vineyard. For many years we have had requests for a futures offering on our other major production wine, the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I resisted this initially because the Russian River Pinot is a blend of different vineyards and it wasn’t always clear that this would be consistent enough to provide continuity between vintages. Well it’s been almost 20 years now and we have evolved into a very stable set of components which fit together perfectly. So, just as Zinfandel futures from the family vineyard are a sure bet, I am confident that our Russian River Pinot is as well. Granted my attitude took a while to evolve. Judi was quicker and made a very good case to me to ‘get with it.’
So here it is…. red fruits and good acidity are the theme here and are essentially the vintage signature. Raspberry floral Pinot Noir varietal character, with a slightly herbal counterpoint.With good, firm acidity and supporting tannin, this is set up for both short term and long-term success. As I had said with our 2018 Zinfandel futures offering last August, this vintage sits deeply inside our stylistic pocket. I am quite excited about this vintage.
Again, we appreciate your support all these years and are delighted to offer this very special vintage to you as our first RRV Pinot Noir futures offering. This wine will be available November 2020 for futures pickup while it is very young, a full year earlier than we would generally release it. You may drink or hold as you see fit as our wines have tremendous aging potential yet offer great pleasure for a wide range of years.