This is the latest vintage of our flagship Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. At this point, it needs no introduction. Longtime fans have made this wine their go to wine while the single vineyards are maturing in their cellars. To us, this is our “premier cru” Pinot Noir. Blended from 3 different Vineyards in the valley: Nunes, W.E. Bottoms and Marshall Ranch Vineyard, the Russian River delivers in all categories.
The 2013 is a concentrated, nervy and elegant Pinot Noir. In 2013 we harvested more Pinot Noir, from different vineyards and blocks than we ever have. After harvest we almost fainted at the sight of all the Pinot Noir barrels stacked up. In the end, it provided us numerous options for blending, and we were able to be very selective in what made our 2013 blends.
I often tell people that this is our ode to old school Russian River Valley Pinot. If you have ever tasted a “Burt and Ed-era” Williams-Selyem Pinot, you know exactly what I am talking about. Those wines had all the fruit that a California wine should have, but the nerve and structure of great burgundy. Those wines have aged amazingly, and there is nothing “missing.” We are unabashedly trying to achieve that in our wines.
On the nose this wine has aromas of cedar, raspberry and dried herbs. The palate is refreshing, light bodied and wildly aromatic. Sturdy structure is provided courtesy of the fine-grit tannins from stem inclusion (about 30%.) We say that we make this wine for early drinking, but there is no reason that this wine will not get better and better with time in the cellar.