2017 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
The 2017 vintage is a cuvée of premier Pinot Noir vineyards. We partner with our neighbors on Westside Road, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The blend is comprised of 42% De La Montanya (a field blend of 75% Pommard and 25% 115 clones planted on 5C rootstock), 33% Bucher Vineyard Tory’s Block (Pommard), 14% Bucher Vineyard North L Block (777), and 11% Nurmi Vineyard (various clones).
Harvest Date: August 23 – September 2
Brix: 23.9˚ average
As traditionally practiced in Burgundy, we use an anaerobic approach with our Pinot Noir to preserve freshness. It was aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and spent 14 months in 39% new French barrels (François Frères, Demptos and Taransaud). The wine was then lightly fined with egg white and bottled without filtration.
Tank fermented with native yeast and 25% whole cluster. Native malolactic fermentation in barrel