2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
This wine is delightfully forward, showing off a lifted aroma packed with ripe brambleberry, blueberry pie, blackberry jam, cassis and dark cherries. A generous allowance of new oak crafted by our favorite French coopers contributes a mosaic of spices − sweet Madagascar vanilla bean, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and sandalwood. Dried porcini mushrooms, cola, caramel, cocoa, chai spice and a hint of Earl Grey tea complete the intricately layered profile.
In the mouth, lavish flavors magnify this Pinot’s bouquet. The entry is intense with weighty sweet tannins that are expansive and round, building to a full, lingering finish. This striking wine truly represents Russian River at its yummy best!
"Also reflecting its origins, the Russian River Valley bottling delivers more black fruit-like flavors rather than the red fruit of the Sonoma Coast. In contrast to the cooler Sonoma Coast bottling, this one is fleshier with a hint of savory notes. The fine-grained tannins contribute to its supple texture." Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online, Jan. 24, 2017
"The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is superb: ripe and intense in character (black cherry, blueberry, red currant, rosehips, peach), it is also quite rich and long on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a very persistent finish, displaying overtones of cedar, toast, and oak." Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, February 2017
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