The grapes for our 1999 Pinot Noir were sourced from four vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The growing season for 1999 was one of the longest in recent memory. The mild summer and cool fall resulted in later than usual harvesting. "Cold-soaking" of the grapes in tank prior to Open-top tank style fermentation enabled the extraction of maximum flavor and suppleness in this wine.
The fruit component invites comparison to strawberry and raspberry jam. The imaginative taster will also find other classic Pinot noir flavors like a hint of mushroom, leather, and forest floor that adds a complex "earthiness" without muting the fruit expression. The top note is a delicate vanilla oak from aging in French Oak barrels to brighten the wine.