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Spring Release Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Winemaker’s Notes

Beautifully fragrant, aromatic Pinot: cranberry, pomegranate, fresh raspberry and classic black cherry. Licorice, rose petal, thyme and graphite complexity, freshly-turned earth. Sweet fruit entry, broad rich and tactile but remains lively and supple. Rhubarb compote, darker cassis, baked plum — deep layered intensity. Subtle red-apple-skin tannins and lingering anise perfume. Persistent resonating finish. Drink between late-2017 and 2024.

Slightly brighter and livelier than its show-stopping 2014 predecessor, the wine offers lovely depth of flavor and balanced concentration, all wrapped up in a brilliantly vibrant attention-grabbing package. I love how the aromatic purity carries fully through to the palate — intense, focused and detailed.

As with all our Pinots from the vintage, there's a real fruit compote character and natural density to the wine — layered, succulent and deep. A complex loamy-woodsy note adds extra sweetness and depth. The fresh acidity makes the wine stand upright: poised, punchy and youthfully dynamic. Stylistically, it's a classic Green Valley hillside site-driven wine, quite distinct from the warmer parts of the Russian River Valley, and filled with soulful nuance. I expect this will age beautifully in bottle, so no hurry to drink it; give it some time to unfold through 2017 and beyond.

Andy Smith

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Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  - DuMOL


38% Widdoes Vineyard

26% Occidental Road Vineyard

19% Dutton Upp Road Vineyard

14% DuMOL O’Connell Estate Vineyard

3% Dutton Ranch Jentoft Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 15th through September 14th


Russian River Valley


Martini, Dijon, Pommard, Calera, Swan, and 943

Age of Vines at Harvest

23 years

Barrel Aging

Aged 12 months in 40% new French oak barrels


3130 cases of 750mL


90 POINTS Vinous, April 2018