Russian River Valley
The 2021 vintage showcased the advantages of growing grapes on the coast in a drought year. Where some parts of the state were abnormally warm, the coast remained moderate and stable, allowing for winemaking-through-farming. We were able to carefully manage tonnage and let the fruit hang precisely as long as we wished, developing full phenolic ripeness while still preserving the acidic quality that is so characteristic of the coast. Of course, drought means less water, but the lack of severe heat days on the coast meant the vines, though water-stressed, were not overly so. Overall, look forward to a banner year for Pinot and Chardonnay, with wines that will be bright, concentrated, and age-worthy.
“The Senses 2021 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has a medium to deep ruby-purple color. It charges out with exuberant scents of pomegranate, black raspberries, and redcurrant jelly, leading to wafts of violets, dark chocolate, and peppermint tea. The medium to full-bodied palate is bursting with red and black berry layers, supported by super-plush tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and fragrant.”- 91pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown