Mossback Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2021
This 2021 is a beautiful example of a classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas of black cherry, leather and loamy earth are followed by concentrated flavors of cranberry, crème brûlée, brown sugar and plum. Dusty tannins, wood spice and an appealing fruit sweetness all add to a rich seductive character that invites another sip.
Pair this stylish Pinot Noir with roast duck, pork, even a grilled salmon.
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Mossback is part of the Matchbook Wine Company’s family of brands. Mossback is an old fashioned term for farmer. The Giguiere family has had a long history of farming, and for the Mossback brand has sought fruit from some of the most renowned farmers in the Russian River Valley. Mossback also speaks to the cool weather that contributes to the unique quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the coastal region.
While the Russian River Valley is a large appellation with multiple climate zones and soil types, it is best known for cool-climate varieties, with Pinot Noir as the most celebrated. The grapes benefit from a reliable late afternoon flow of Pacific Ocean fog through the Petaluma Gap and along the Russian River Valley that ensures slow and steady ripening and the preservation of grape acidity. Today many of California’s most highly regarded Pinot Noir vineyards are in the Russian River Valley, along with its sub-appellation, Green Valley.
Historically Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs had bright red fruit and delicate earthy, mineral notes. But changes in viticultural and winemaking practices have led to stylistic changes in some of the region’s wines. Adjustments to canopy management, among other techniques, have resulted in riper fruit and bolder wines as well. These show flavors of black cherry, blackberry, cola, spice and darker, loamy earth tones, accenting traditional Pinot Noir notes of strawberry, raspberry and light cherry.