Three distinguished and unique vineyards — Klopp Ranch, Olivet Lane Vineyard and my own Meredith Vineyard — provided the grapes for this Russian River Pinot Noir. Blended together, the fruit from these properties offers an irresistible fusion of earthiness, dark succulent fruit and sweet oak.
Selecting complementary barrel styles for each vineyard, I aged the wine for ten months in fifty percent new French oak, crafted by the finest cooperages in France. Subtle, refined oak is evident in the wine’s smoky,chocolate perfume, accenting the smoldering fruit character. The wine delivers what the aromas promise in a smooth, rich mouth feel. The savory effect: Bing cherries lightly dipped in dark chocolate.
Blending allowed me to create a seamless wine that teases the palate. Each element – fruit, oak, acid, and tannin – is integrated into a round, sultry Pinot Noir with clear aging potential. The 2000 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a tribute to the grapes from our region and the oak barrels from France that underscore the deep dark fruitiness of this seductive wine.
One of the “Top 100 Wines of 2003”
“Big Pinot, opening with a blast of black cherries, truffle, smoke, new kid leather and a thousand other scents. Rich, dense and fruity—a delight packed with pure cherry flavors. Yet it feels light as a feather, soft as silk.”
-Wine Enthusiast “Best of Year” Issue
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