2016 Russian River Pinot Noir
California’s north coast has hit the trifecta with another superb vintage in the last three years. And another growing season following suit with a perfectly balanced crop to vine vigor ratio. A mild summer with very little heat spikes the harvest came in during the mild month of September with spectacularly looking fruit. The beautiful clean fruit taken in during harvest posed no hitches during the fermentation process which has yielded just as beautiful wines.
This elegant and fruit-forward Pinot is both complex and sweetly ripe to the nose, as scents of red cherries, Mr. Lincoln roses and wild black berries join subtle smoky tones, some dried orange peel and hints of powdered sumac in a pretty aromatic display. The impression of sleek, aristocratic elegance is just as captivating on the palate, where the wines filigree of gentle savory notes melts into a lovely array of red raspberry, wild black berry, cherry and rose petal fruit, finishing with nuances of graphite/lead pencil.