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2019 Rose of Pinot Noir
2019 was reminiscent of the great 2012 vintage with one exception - prolonged hang time. Despite a late start, the crop continued to grow with cool weather allowing the grapes to achieve perfect maturity for an intentional Rosé of Pinot Noir. Picked early at 19.5 to 20 degrees brix, this wine style is bright with vibrant flavors. This vintage will be remembered for exceptional quality and abundance. We harvested the fruit in the heart of the Russian River Valley between August and September.
2014 Reserve Malbec
The exceptional 2014 vintage started with buds pushing a little early after a very dry winter. The rain came in earnest in late February and March, filling the root zone with much needed water for growth, but the rest of the spring season continued to be warm and dry, conditions favorable for optimum fruit set. Summer brought more warmth as the grapes acclimated to the sunshine, and we picked the Dry Creek Malbec block fully ripe on Sept 17. A heat wave in early October pushed the last blocks in Knight's Valley and southern Alexander Valley to full maturity several weeks later.
2017 Reserve Pinot Noir
The 2017 vintage will not be soon forgotten. The all-time precipitation record was set by mid-April as rain swept like waves over the North Coast, filling all the lakes, ponds and reservoirs. As the rain clouds subsided and the sun appeared, the vineyards in the Russian River Valley endured six different heat waves at or above 100F, including a memorable 110F on Labor Day. We harvested the fruit on September 1st and 5th to make this beautiful Reserve Pinot Noir.