CHARDONNAY from the Russian River Valley. This is the name (meaning the River) for our blend of vineyards. The blend came together and has really married in the barrel. This style remains the same as 2017 – a balanced wine with richness as well as freshening acidity. Drinkable on release – it will become more complex for the next 5-8 years if properly stored.
PINOT NOIR with a lot of Pinot “perfume” as well as interesting fresh raspberry, cola and cherry notes. Sleek and aromatic I’d love to try this wine with 10-15 years of bottle age. This is the name (meaning “Russian”) of our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir blend of vineyards. There are multiple clones, Pommard from Goff, Martini 13 and Dijon clones 115 and 828 from Monte Cristo.
CHARDONNAY with both a delicate and concentrated, aromatic and pure, rich and refreshing focusing more on the floral/mineral end of the spectrum rather than the tropical fruit end of Chardonnay. Planted in 1967 to an unknown Massale selection of Chardonnay with a partial interplant in 1999 of Dijon Clone 76 the Shop Block 1967 from Dutton Ranch’s oldest vines pose an exciting opportunity to use produce a distinctive wine.
CHARDONNAY with great precision on the palate and shimmering kumquat and mango fruitiness. The small amount of new oak used refocuses the wine on its mineral and spring flower characters. This is a hillside vineyard nearby the Shop Block 1967 site. Planted entirely to Old Wente clone Chardonnay and strictly farmed to the winery specifications this may be/probably is one of the absolute top Chardonnay sites in the Russian River Valley.
PINOT NOIR that comes from a very cool part of the Russian River Valley outside of Sebastopol – a hillside site farmed by Charlie Chenoweth. We got a very small amount of grapes from Jenkins Ranch in 2018 and took a portion of it to make a single vineyard designated wine. Of the three single vineyard Pinot releases from 2018, Jenkins Ranch is the most aromatic & complex already.
PINOT NOIR grapes from west of Santa Rosa on a small rise surrounding Benovia winery. The majority of the grapes we purchased from Martaella Vineyard were slated to be a part of the Le Russe cuvée in 2018 but a few barrels of one clone – Dijon 943 , bottled separately. Of the 3 single vineyard Pinot releases from 2018, Martaella Vineyard is the most structured and concentrated.
PINOT NOIR from a famous vineyard not far from the Russian River proper is diligently farmed by the Martinelli family. A combination of two clones which were picked together and co-fermented – UCD 04 “Pommard” and Dijon Clone 828 (aka “Archery Summit” #2). Of the three single vineyard Pinot Noir releases from 2018 the Moonshine Ranch is the most ethereal.