As has happened before in the past, the winery's basic Russian River Valley appellation bottling challenges its pricier vineyard-designate siblings when it comes to ample and keenly defined fruit. Long on ripe cherries with a fine sense of concentration from front to back, it is a wine whose strength is found in focus rather than finesse, and its slightly firm structure points the way to a very bright future.
Ten months aging in sixty-eight percent new French oak barrels framed and highlighted the wine’s abundant personality and dimension. A kaleidoscope of aromas cascades into mouthwatering flavors of white pepper, lavender, raspberry purée, black currant, plums and a slight pipe tobacco note. The wine’s texture is a lavish, satisfying mouthful, extending to a memorable finish.
Ken and I enjoy our organic, grass fed beef with this wine’s full, spicy fruit. Try pairing my Russian River Pinot with pan-seared duck breast sauced with a blackberry reduction, homemade chicken-apple sausage or a simple, rich cheese plate. You too will be seduced by the allure of the Russian River Valley.