No. 3 brings together the world’s best Pinot Noir terroirs by uniting Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits and “America’s Burgundy” – California’s Russian River Valley. 60% of the grapes come from three vineyards in the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley; Maboroshi Vineyard, Starkey Vineyard and Pennacchio Vineyard. Each lot was vinified separately in open-top fermenters, punched down by hand, and aged in 100% French oak barrels – 33% new – for twelve months.
The remaining 40% of the grapes were grown in three vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, The first, Nuits St. Georges les Charbonniéres, is located in the southern part of the village where the vines grow at lower altitudes than in the north. The vines are nearly seventy years old and the soil is comprised of clay and limestone. The balance comes from two vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin that are fifty years old: Jeanes Rois, located north of Gevrey near the village of Brochon, offers grapes that lend finesse and elegance, while Es Murots, located at the southern end of the village, produces grapes with structure and power due to its thin soil with plenty of limestone. All grapes were destemmed, spent 21 days on their skins, and were aged in 100% French oak barrels with a very fine grain and long, low toast, for twelve months.
The Burgundy cuvees were vinified and aged individually, and sent in barrel from France to California. The final wine was blended in California according to the collaborative direction of Jean-Charles Boisset and Viniculturalists Brian Maloney and Gregory Patriat.