Color: Ruby hue with a bright edge
Aroma: The aromas in this vintage jump from the glass. Fresh and evocative, the nose suggests cherry tart straight from the oven. Big and bright cherry, plum, and cranberry interlace with savory notes of gingerbread, sage, and fire-toasted oak, subtly smoky with a hint of minerality. Subtle notes of smoke complete the aromatics. A seamless combination of bright fruit and earthy notes that are fresh, forward, and intriguing.
Flavor: This wine wakes up the palate with bright notes of sour cherry and cranberry. The fruit is framed with hints of toasted bread and smoke, followed by ginger and earthy notes of sage on the mid-palate. Baking spice notes draw you further into the glass to explore that darker plum character that is nicely structured with firm acidity, balance, and a lingering finish of red raspberry, flinty smoke, and toasty oak.
We harvested the grapes for this 2012 Pinot Noir by hand, starting in the morning of September 10 and ending October 6. The Brix at harvest ranged from 23.0 to 25.4 degrees, absolutely perfect for making a Pinot Noir with the structure and weight we desire.
Carneros (46%): Fruit from this cool region gives focus, balance, structure, purity, and notes of red cherry and dried flowers.
Sonoma Coast (43%): Coastal vineyards deliver depth, acidity, and concentration with raspberry and cranberry fruit.
Russian River Valley (11%): The slightly warmer Russian River Valley offers concentration, richness, texture, generosity, and spice highlighted by plum and black cherry fruit.