Russian River Valley

Vintage Notes

An early spring with unseasonable heat marked the beginning of the 2022 growing season. However, by the middle of the vintage, a long and mild summer had set in with the predictable pattern of fog rolling in most evenings and burning off by midmorning in most cases with few “pea soup” days to stall ripening after verasion took place. This set the fruit on a path for long even ripening with full phenolic development. However, right at harvest mother nature threw a couple of curveballs, first in the form of more heatwaves followed closely by early rainstorms, increasing the threat of mildew and botrytis exponentially. However, careful canopy management and sugar monitoring meant the fruit came in clean and mostly unaffected by the late rains or excessive heat.

Winemaker Notes

“The 2022 Russian River Pinot Noir features a medium ruby-purple color and forthcoming scents of blackberries, black raspberries, and mulberries, leading to wafts of underbrush, cracked black pepper, and dried Provence herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush and juicy with a refreshing lift from the herbal accents and well-knit acidity, finishing on a lingering peppery note.”- 91pts, Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, TWI