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Russian River Valley
2013 Herrera Esmeralda, Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley VINEYARD: Esmeralda Vineyard VARIETAL: 100% Pinot Noir CASE PRODUCTION: 100 BARREL AGING: 20 months OAK REGIMEN: 100% French / 75% New ALCOHOL: 14.5
TASTING NOTES: In vintages when Mother Nature extends her generosity, I take full advantage. The color of this wine is a testament to this philosophy; it is deep, dark and mesmerizing. Dried cranberries and tamarind pop on the nose, followed by spices, minerals, wet stone, ash and beeswax. The entry on the palate is gentle, while evolving in the mid-palate and finishing strong with bright minerality. Upon the second sip, you’ll experience decadence, richness, and luscious fruit with silky smooth tannins.
HARVEST & VINEYARD: Preceded by one of the most difficult vintages that I have experienced in my 30 years in the industry, 2013 was one of the best that I’ve had the opportunity and honor to work with. It goes to show that Mother Nature can be equally frugal as she is generous. This year’s gift afforded me the opportunity to craft a one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir that will be as memorable as my daughter Esmeralda. My thirdborn daughter is shy, mischievous, elegant, classy, and strives for perfection. To me, that sounds like Pinot Noir!