2013 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir
I have been making wine from this Laguna Ridge property since the mid-1990s. Only three minutes from our winery in Sebastopol, I’m close at hand to make all of the crucial vineyard care decisions each growing season. Ted Klopp has passed much of the daily management along to his daughter, Lauren. Our frequent walks down the vine rows give us time to catch up on our families and discuss vineyard operations in the same conversation.
The careful farming done at Klopp Ranch has resulted in a string of successful, highly lauded Pinot Noirs. This vintage exhibits great site typicity personifying the core nature of Russian River Valley. The aroma nearly explodes out of the glass with cocoa, hedgerow fruit, rich cassis, white pepper and sarsaparilla. Toasted brioche, caramel and savory prosciutto add more rich flavors. The entry is smooth, building in fine tannins and viscosity through the midpalate to a dynamic, complex, lingering finish.