The 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley comes from 11 vineyards across the appellation. It aged 10 months in 35% new French oak. Medium ruby, it has a savory nose of smoked cranberries, crushed red and black cherries, pipe tobacco, forest floor and hints of orange peel and potpourri. Light to medium-bodied, it's silky and intense with a great interplay of ripe fruits, spices and earth notions. It has a frame of grainy tannins and juicy freshness to enliven the long finish. Well done!
Prepare to be dazzled by this wine, with its harmonious integration of decadent fruit, refined structure, and exotic spice components. In the glass, the wine possesses a dark plum-purple hue. Intriguing aromatic notes of Mexican chocolate, nutmeg, brambly fruit, spearmint, and violets swell from the glass in concert. Upon entry, the mouthfeel is voluptuous, sleek, and inviting, while also exhibiting a silky tannin profile to provide a complex framework. Rich palate notes suggest black currant, blackberry reduction, leather, crushed rock, and allspice.