Spring ReleaseWester Reach Pinot Noir
2017

Winemaker’s Notes

The vineyards that comprise our 2017 Wester Reach Pinot Noir represent our core sites that we have planted, farmed or partnered with for up to twenty-two years—sites of classic pedigree from which our single vineyard Pinots are born. There’s lovely equilibrium to this wine: four distinct vineyards come together seamlessly to express the soils and climate of the western, coastal part of the appellation. Berry and cluster size were very small in 2017 so the wine is high on detail and intensity, and beautifully rides the delicate line between richness and vibrancy.

The wine is dynamic, alive and precise. It begins in a coastal style--sleek, focused and linear. The deep entry expands along strong lines with good drive and detail to its red and black fruit flavors. As it fully opens, natural Russian River textures and volume takes hold – broad, supple and layered. Savory elements steer the wine toward complexity that will continue to build in bottle.

Drink between 2019 and 2029.

Andy Smith


Wester Reach Pinot Noir  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

Harvested by hand between August 28th and September 8th.

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Calera/Swan/Pommard/Selections, Calera/Swan/943 Selections, Martini Selection & Massale Selection

Age of Vines at Harvest

33 years

Barrel Aging

Aged in 40% light/medium toast new French oak. 12 months elevage in barrel followed by 3 months in tank. Sealed with Diam-10 corks for purity and freshness.

Production

3,542 cases of 750mL

Press

92 points Jeb Dunnuck