2019 'the love' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
This year’s Love is certainly a charming, beautiful Pinot Noir. Sourced from gravely, steep south-facing slopes, located at the northern tip of the Russian River Valley, this seductive wine begins with a beautiful visual veil of dark garnet. The nose is a rising cacophony of ripe raspberry, cherry skin, cocoa dust and fine, savory cooking spice. The mouthfeel has a smooth and warm start with flavors of Japanese plum, raspberry and tart cherry—building to a crescendo of clove, toasted French oak and black tea tannin and fresh, youthful acidity. At this early stage in the wine’s life, just a few hours exposed to air allows this wine to open quite nicely and expose a softer structure and fuller, rounder body profile.
2019 was a near perfect vintage in RRV, with plenty of sunshine, lower yields as compared to 2018, and smaller berries and clusters. Harvest was September 11th and the wine was made in small lot, open top vats with hand punchdowns consisting of 10% whole clusters. 100% native yeast and native secondary malolactic fermentations were employed and this wine was aged for 16 months in 40% new Francois Frères French oak barriques. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, 294 cases produced.