1996 was an outstanding year for Pinot Noir in the Russian River. This wine combines fruit from three vineyards, each bringing its own strengths and nuances to the blend. Our commitment to gentle handling at all stages, and bottling without fining or filtration preserves all that the fruit may offer. This wine displays abundant black cherry fruit with undertones of spice, and shows oak influences of smoke, vanilla and caramel. The palate is firm yet supple and lingering, with spice and ripe fruit flavors in the finish. We feel it will evolve and improve for many years.