Our 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with flavors of dark cherry, blueberry and blackberry . This wine has an earthy and robust character, which is framed by subtle hints of oak from French and American barrels. This wine showcases the extraordinary dark fruit flavors that result from the unique growing conditions of the Russian River Valley.
Our Pinot Noir grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, to retain a significant portion of whole berries for fermentation. After a two-day cold soak, fermentation proceeded with several different yeast strains, giving the wine a breadth and depth of aromas and flavors. The wine was fermented in cone sweep and rotary fermentors for five to six days at a maximum temperature of 82°F. Following malolactic fermentation, this Pinot Noir wine was aged for 10 months in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels.