Spring Release Highland Divide Pinot Noir
Each vintage we make a qualitative selection from our Green Valley Estate Pinot vineyards six months after the harvest. We quantify three tiers of quality from each vineyard. The first tier, the most structured lots, produce our Estate designates - DuMOL Estate, Bressay, and MacIntyre. The third tier is a core component of our restaurant cuvée - Wester Reach. The second selection is the origin of this wine - Highland Divide. These are some of our finest Estate vineyard parcels that produce a slightly earlier-drinking style, so you can enjoy the wine soon after release and get a sense of vintage style and quality before we offer you the designates in August.
The new 2022 release is classic Green Valley DuMOL Pinot and shows a lovely balance between fresh berry fruits, savory woodsy terroir signatures, vibrant lifting acidity, and a round base of tannins from grapes grown on lean hillside soils. There's beautiful flow to the wine from the first entry to lingering aftertaste.
Dark raspberry and black cherry sit alongside violet, orange zest and red apple aromas. There's deep inner fruit power in the wine which is immediately generous and round. Briary/mossy notes add intrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, supple and sleek with good mineral poise and a snappy vibrant finish. Lingering notes of currant and hibiscus fill the mouth. Drink between mid-2024 and 2030.
August 16 – 30
Russian River Valley
Calera, Swan, 943 & Dijon
Age of Vines at Harvest
Aged 15 months in 35% new French oak barrels from Tonnelleries Mercurey, and Atelier Centre France
1430 cases of 750mL
20 cases of 1.5L
24 bottles of 3L