In 2017 vines leapt into action with replenished water tables and full reservoirs after years of drought. Vegetative growth early in the season was strong, but not excessive, and crop yields were moderate to heavy in some areas. Ripening accelerated in July and vineyard sites across Sonoma County were looking like they would be ready to pick at a similar time. This compressed harvest for most but we found a healthy difference between our coastal properties and those slightly inland. Harvest saw a severe heat wave which caused concern in warmer areas but the coast stayed relatively protected and delivered typical acid-driven fruit with good phenolic ripeness. The entire harvest wrapped weeks before the devastating 2017 North Bay fires.
For all the moodiness of the Sonoma Coast, the 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot noir is quite the opposite: fresh and lively. It’s practically exploding with bright red flavors and is juicy on the palate. Beautiful cherry and a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel are the first things you notice. This wine makes an exciting addition to our line-up because although we make all our wines in the same philosophy, hands-off and pure expressions of the vineyard, the Russian River Valley is so much flashier than our Sonoma Coast. We love capturing that difference and tasting it in the glass is so rewarding after the years of hard work to turn grapes into wine. This wine has it all: bright fruit, hints of cola, earth and mushroom, a satisfying roundness, elegance, and quite frankly a deliciousness that is pretty hard to resist. Yum.