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(6) - 2013 Harvest Moon Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 750ml
2013 Harvest Moon Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
We make Pinot after the French style. I fell in love with 11 and 12% alcohol Burgundies from a local wine shop here in Sonoma County ultimately defining my approach to this noble variatel. My philosophy when crafting Pinot Noir, is that we are not re-creating the wheel. There have been many, many generations of winemakers chasing after this elusive, challenging varietal, so naturally I wanted follow in their footsteps of making elegant Pinot in the context of Russian River Valley climate and soil.
In my opinion, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has become quite uniform in aromas and flavors and too many of our neighbors are growing essentially the same clones, harvesting around the same time and using more or less the same oak regiment. This is creating confusion and homogeneity within the world of Pinot Noir. Sounds boring doesn't it?!
This delicate approach to Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is exemplified with a soft red cherry earthy forest floor feel and delicious juicy finish.
Winemaker Notes: Our approach to Pinot Noir is one of non-interventionist. We pick our Pinot Noir clusters plump with no raisening or dimpling bringing it to the crash pad early in the morning to preserve the freshness. The fruit for this blend comes from two tiny vineyards grown by Randy and his three guys. Protected by dry ice, the clusters are carefully crushed destemmed and put into an oxygen-deficient environment as soon as possible. This assists in keeping the volatile acidity in check for the ten-month aging in mostly neutral, mature oak casks. We bottle this wine unfiltered and unfined.