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2013

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

Highlighting the terroir of the Russian River Valley, this deep ruby colored wine has aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola, forest floor and vanilla. Rich and round in the mouth, the fine tannins and fresh acidity give a long, generous finish.

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91 Points Vinous

“The 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) is quite pretty, with a little more aromatic nuance, brightness and overall delineation than the 2012, but a bit less mid-palate exuberance. Dark red cherries, blueberries, cloves, lavender and mint flesh out in a juicy Russian River Pinot full of near-term appeal. There is a savory, delicate quality in the 2013 that makes it irresistible. About 40% of this fruit is estate. ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 9 – October 4

Growing Season 2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested, picked at night
• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 4% whole cluster
• 5-day cold soak, 15 day maceration
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
• Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels; 44% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Remond
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2014