This 100% Pinot Noir cuvee reflects the cool microclimate of the Sonoma Coast AVA, selected from vineyards in the western portion of Carneros, the Petaluma Gap and Russian River Valley. The cool windy climate and low yield of these vineyards allow Pinot Noir grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity, with bright flavors of red cherries, raspberries and spice. We showcase the elegant side of Pinot Noir by aging in large neutral oak casks and older French oak barrels to keep new oak flavors to a minimum. Lively acidity on the finish makes it an ideal accompaniment to grilled fish and fowl or barbecued meats.
A meaty and gamey nose, with ripe red berry fruits and well-integrated oak. It has a fresh, limpid attack on the palate, with bright cherry stone fruit and earthy tones, before the structured tannins kick in. - Decanter Magazine 90 Points