The drought conditions were all that was talked about for majority of the year in 2015. Dry conditions in the beginning on the year lead to an early bud break. The growing season was warm, dry and for most of the period, mild. It was the early bud break and relatively light crop that made 2015 one of the shortest harvests on record. It was certainly the earliest harvest for Trione as we began bringing in grapes for sparkling on August 12th and finished with the last of the Flatridge Zinfandel the first week of October.
Deep, rich color and aroma are the first impressions. A masculine Pinot Noir, bold, grippy tannins with great extraction showing lots of red berry fruit, toasty oak and a long silky finish. A classic example of the Russian River Valley and a cool climate Pinot. This wine will age gracefully for the next 5-7 years. Enjoy!
|Vintage:||2015||Grape Varietals:||100% Pinot Noir||ABV:||14.6%|
|Aging:||aged 15 months in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels (40% new)|
Traditional techniques such as such as open top fermentations and hand plunging the cap during primary fermentation were implemented. To accentuate the fruit component, 20% of the grapes were added whole cluster to the bottom of the fermenter. The cuvee or blend is a mix of clones from our Russian River Ranch. The clones chosen were UCD37, Pommard, 115, 667 and 777. Each clone brings to the blend its own distinct characteristics. UCD37 is bold and full bodied, Pommard is rich and aromatic, Clone 115 tends to be more fruit forward with good color, 667 is similar with red berry flavors and the 777 adds pronounced Pinot Noir aroma, good color and a very silky texture to the blend.
TA g/L 5.70
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|C0EE306033PNM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01477 4||1 07 84585 01477 1||$39.95|
"A brashly oaked, modern style that has ample spice and meaty, youthful complexity on the nose. The palate has a wealth of neatly detailed tannins and plush, dark fruit, laced with attractive oak spice. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling (November 2018), 93 pts
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir River Road Ranch opens with notes of crushed black cherries, mulberries and raspberry tart with a wonderfully spicy undercurrent of cinnamon toast and allspice notions. Medium to full-bodied, it gives a lovely savory character in the mouth with soft tannins and background acid, finishing with all those spices coming through. 1,269 cases produced."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #236, April 2018), 90 pts
"Perfumed with rose and lavender, this wine has robust tannins and dominant oak notes, both in support of its ripe, concentrated red fruit. Woody, herbal components complement the lushness, framed by gravelly texture."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2017), 90 pts
"Strawberry hulls, earth and a touch of bittersweet black tea combine in this full-bodied, expressive wine with a slight, reductive quality and spicy acidity. From a spot on the Santa Rosa Plain, it comes from a mix of clones and is soft on the palate."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 88 pts