Fall ReleaseWiddoes Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir
2016

Winemaker’s Notes

The new vintage of our Widdoes Vineyard Ryan is the most fruit-driven Pinot Noir of the year, and I expect it will provide great drinking pleasure on release and over the next decade. Working with this special vineyard since 1996, we have a level of intimacy with these vines that is unmatched within our portfolio —an intimacy, I believe, that is evident in the wine itself. It naturally and easily seduces, possessing a perfect balance between its fruit, savory and structural elements such that nothing feels forced or confected. Fruit purity is at the fore: sleek, dark and intense with building volume. 

Vivid flavors of tiny wild berry fruits, bursting with intensity, are supported by vibrant pinpoint acidity that ensures all elements flow to the last lingering echo of flavor. Black pepper and cedar box aromas comingle with pure dark cherry compote flavors as beautiful floral notes are found throughout, the texture deep and layered. For me, the quality and personality align with the 2015 vintage, a wine I particularly love. I’m also reminded of the 2012 vintage, a deep, showy wine that is drinking wonderfully right now. Drink between 2019 and 2026.

Andy Smith

Widdoes Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 12th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Martini

Age of Vines at Harvest

32 years

Barrel Aging

AGED 14 MONTHS IN 50% NEW FRENCH OAK BARRELS FROM TONNELLERIE REMOND

Production

900 cases of 750mL
32 cases of 1.5L
24 bottles of 3L

Press

94 points Wine Advocate, June 2018
92-95 points Vinous, April 2018
93 points Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018

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