This blend reflects the hallmark attributes so treasured in the Pinot Noirs grown in Russian River Valley – a vibrant aroma and a full, rich texture. Containing more than a dozen individual lots, I was able to combine wines made from four distinctive vineyards representing the breadth of our appellation (AVA). Klopp Ranch, one of our oldest sources, forms the foundation of this mélange. Another contributor is Flax which overlooks the Russian River from a hill along Westside Road. Both of our estate vineyards,Coopersmith and Meredith also add complements to the mix. The combination of clones(Pommard, Swan, and Dijon 115, 667, 777 and 828) planted at these different locationshelps to build complexity.
Exploding with rich, dark berry fruits, black cherry and Santa Rosa plum, the aroma of this wine is ripe and mouthwatering. Vanilla and a hint of cola add to the quintessential Russian River Valley profile. The palate is lush and the finish long and luxuriant. As with past vintages, this Pinot will be enhanced by aging for at least six years.Grilled Coho salmon makes a delicious pairing with this succulent cuvée. Roast pork tenderloin is always a classic match. Serve it with a mix of sauté ed gourmet mushrooms tossed with homemade pasta.
"...this wine is quintessential Russian River Valley. The terroir here makes wines that have abundant plum, dark berry, and dark sour cherry notes on both the nose and the palate that are lip smacking and lush. The full body and velvety texture hint at the Titian-style ripeness that is characteristic of this wine."
Summer Whitford - winespecialist.wordpress.com, March 11, 2009
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