Russian River Valley
10 months in 45% new French oak
2013 Russian River Pinot Noir
Our Russian River Pinot Noir’s deep ruby color illustrates its depth and showcases the complexity and richness of the flavors to come. This wine has aromas of crisp red cherry, vanilla, cola, and cloves, with subtle smoky undertones. It has surprising acidity supporting intense flavors of pomegranate and black cherry, and an earthy, long- lasting nish.
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.
Once the grapes are destemmed, they are fermented in chilled steel tanks to preserve the grapes' fresh fruit and juicy flavors. Twenty-five days of skin contact extract a remarkably rich color and ripe tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
The uniquely rich body and deep color of this Pinot Noir calls for the meaty and earthy flavors of a roasted pork loin and mushroom risotto. Or, go lighter with grilled salmon and roasted tomatoes.