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The 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir has wonderful aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark raspberry accompanied by clove and cinnamon baking spice notes on the palate. The wine is lush and rich, with a silky textured mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity.
Enjoy this wine now with roasted root vegetables, mushroom lasagna, roasted turkey with a cherry-plum chutney, or cellar for enjoyment over the next 4 to 6 years.
We craft our Reserve Pinot Noir in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Cellar. Winemaker Greg Morthole employs cutting edge techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting, cold soaking, and thermal maceration. This wine is aged sur lie, with monthly bâtonnage which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our facility is truly state of the art, and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible.
A mild, dry winter followed by a replenishing amount of rain in February and early March of 2014 encouraged the vine buds to push a little earlier than normal. The spring was warm, dry and frost free, thankfully, as the yields were already a little lower than average. Overcast days became the norm in late July and August, helping to preserve acidity in the fruit, although the 2014 growing season would eventually register as the warmest in many years. We picked three different vineyards in the Russian River Valley to make this wine, all of which were picked between August 26 and September 3. Most of the fruit came from the Santa Rosa plain, but a little bit came from two vineyards farther to the east, with the smallest piece up at 900 feet elevation, which added structure and complexity to the finished wine.