Peter Paul Mill Station Road Pinot Noir 2012
Each vineyard source has its own distinct character that requires special attention in the field as well as in the cellar. We barrel ferment our Chardonnay to best integrate plush fruit with toasty oak. Pinot Noir is punched down in open-top tanks by hand in a traditional Burgundian manner. Our Cabernet is gently crushed and then pumped over to maintain a firm, yet elegant, tannin structure. Barrel aging for all our wines occurs exclusively in French oak.
However, the goal is not to mask in wood what the vineyard produces in flavor. Winemakers, Daniel Moore and Jeff Morgan, use time-honored methods in a modern tradition to bring each wine to fruition at its own speed. The resulting wines show elegant structure, yet don't hold back on flavor. Ultimately, the results can best be appreciated in your glass.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.