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2016Pinot NoirRussian River Valley

$50.00 USD$40.00 Duncan Family / Duncan Family Reds Club Price$42.50 Velma Club Price

APPEARANCE 
Pomegranate with a cinnabar hue

AROMAS 
Wild berry, mushroom, forest floor, white gardenia, coriander

PALATE 
Dark entry with a strong and bold touch, red clay-iron, cherry extract, coffee and root beer, with good viscosity and depth

MOUTHFEEL 
Mature tannins

FINISH 
Great structure and midpalate develops to a strong finish

AGEABILITY 
Given the higher amount of whole cluster and the structured oak tannins, this wine can age 5 to 10 years given proper cellaring  conditions

PAIRINGS 
Fancy Croque Monsieur - pork belly on fresh brioche with nutmeg béchamel

VINEYARDS
Last Stop Estate Vineyard
Westpin Vineyard
Bailey Vineyard

HARVEST DATES
August 18 – September 16, 2016

ALCOHOL
13.7%

AVERAGE BRIX 
23.6°

BARREL AGING
14 months in barrel; 10 months
on primary lees

BARRELS
100% French Oak; 28% New

WHOLE CLUSTER
30%

RELEASE DATE
April 28, 2018

2016 began with replenishing rains that helped fill our reservoirs and saturate soils, abating by the end of March. These conditions allowed the vines to properly rest during dormancy. Budbreak at the end of March was followed by a promising flowering indicating larger than average yields. The summer months were warm, but as fall approached temperatures cooled providing ideal harvest conditions. Harvest began on August 18 with fruit from our Last Stop Vineyard in Forrestville and quickly wrapped up just shy of a month later on September 16 with fruit from Westpin Vineyard just a couple miles down the road from our Healdsburg winery.