Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

 The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand-picked from the celebrated Durell Vineyard located in the Sonoma Valley. The wine exhibits dense black fruit, cherry and spicy flavors with a smooth velvety texture.

Tasting Notes

Recognizable for its fine, elegant showiness, Durell Pinot Noir offers a lighter touch with lifted red aromas and flavors of ripe plums, cranberries, some blue fruit and sweet oak spice. A touch of white pepper and earthiness highlighted by mushroom lead to a richly textured wine with supple, soft and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Somewhat of a dual personality, with showy red fruits framed in the background, which begs the question: is there a Russian River Pinot Noir hiding inside?

Vineyard Notes

The Durell Vineyard lies among the southwestern foothills of Sonoma Valley in the cool Carneros region, receiving cooling breezes and morning fog from the nearby San Pablo Bay and Pacific Ocean. This wine is exclusively composed of the aromatic Dijon clone 777, originally from the Morey St. Denis region of Burgundy. The parcel is on an exposed ridgeline where it prospers from the thin soil and coastal influences. The Pinot Noir from this vineyard has great fruit intensity, balance and structure.

Winemaking Notes

Following a gentle pressing and primary fermentation, juice was sent to barrel and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. Evolving in barrel, the fruit signature of this special vineyard gained complexity, richness and layers of flavor. The wine was aged in 100% French oak (20% new) for 16 months before the final blend was assembled and bottled.