Origin: United States
- Russian River Valley
River Road Ranch encompasses 115 acres in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation. Located on the western bench of the Santa Rosa Plain, the vineyard thrives in well-drained soils. The region's fog-cooled nights are ideal for this varietal.
Vintage 2012 may be the most perfect growing season of my winemaking career. We hand-harvested the Pinot Noir from blocks planted with clones #115, #777, Pomard and UCD#37, a classic California selection. Each clone brought distinctive flavors and textural characteristics.
This Pinot Noir presents aromas of dark cherry, exotic spice, green tea and a slight earthiness we call forest floor. The wine is silky on the palate, beautifully balanced, with a long finish. The 2012 Pinot Noir's firm structure suggests excellent aging potential, 10-15 years.
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