Russian River Valley
18 months in 100% New French Oak
2013 Herrera Esmeralda, Pinot Noir
Red cherry and cranberry aromas give way to notes of blackberry, clove, rich earth, and rose petal. Luscious flavors of dark and red fruits are highlighted by hints of cinnamon and clove. The soft mouthfeel is balanced by firm yet fine-grained tannins and a finish that is long and complex.
The 2013 growing season proved to be an excellent year in Napa Valley. It was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in an overall earlier growing season. Lower than normal rainfall paired with moderate spring weather brought early bud break and bloom. Sunny skies throughout the summer months led to early veraison and harvest. Warm daytime temperatures followed by cool nights prior to harvest produced evenly ripened fruit with ideal hang time.
Rolando’s goal is to create a Pinot so big and bold it can pair with a steak. We strive for low yields in the vineyard and then bleed the juice from the skin to extract the purest and richest avors.
Food Pairing Notes
The traditional Thanksgiving meal (e.g. turkey and cranberry) pairs beautifully with this wine, but we would hate for you to drink this only once a year. Try game meats and earthy flavors - wild boar, anyone?