2015
Green Valley

Pinot Noir
Description

This wine is a blend from several vineyards and Pinot Noir clones, each of which contributes something unique to the finished wine. The backbone of the blend is from the Swicegood Vineyard (Clone 777, 667, 115) where the soils are reminiscent of those in Burgundy: rich in clay and calcareous. The late-ripening Ferguson vineyard (Swan Clone) lends dark, intense fruit and tannins while the Giberti vineyard (Clone 115) ripens earlier in a slightly warmer area of the valley.  Grapes are destemmed and go through native fermentation in open-top vats with hand punchdowns before being aged in French oak barrels, 50% new oak, for 9 months. 

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Alluring aromas of cherry cola and cassis are complemented by notes of orange zest and soft baking spice.

Palate: 

Earthy flavors of shiitake mushroom are balanced with bright flavors of raspberry and black cherry with a touch of cardamom. Spreading and full-bodied, this velvety wine is well-structured with a long finish. 

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

In the western hills of the Russian River Valley, the small Green Valley appellation is one of Sonoma County’s coolest regions. Evening fog rolls in over from the Pacific Ocean to temper the warm summer days. These optimal conditions extend the growing season, encouraging flavor concentration in the berries while soils rich in minerals from an ancient seabed infuse the fruit with nuanced flavors.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Green Valley of Russian River Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
  • pH: 3.5 
  • Titratable Acidity: 5.5g/L
  • Aged in Oak: 100%
    • 50 % New Oak
    • Origin of Oak: French
  • Months in Barrel: 9
  • Production: 316 Cases
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Rosemary and Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Fruits & Vegetables:
blackberries
Sauces:
Cherry Reduction Sauce
Desserts:
Blueberry Pie
$45