2018 Valravn Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California (750ml)
The foggy, cool vineyards in the Sonoma Coast produce gorgeous wines with beautiful high-toned red fruit flavors, while the Russian River component adds a richness and concentration in the form of black cherry, ripe strawberry, with hints of vanilla from top quality barrel aging. The wine is concentrated, but energetic with a linear mineral and acid streak providing backbone and freshness.
VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING: In 2018, we sourced from two different vineyards in the Sonoma County AVA, the first is a top-tier Russian River site planted to Clones 115 and 667. The second is a highly-coveted old-vine vineyard in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast. Low yields, hand harvesting, organic dry farmed and Goldridge soils all lead to a Pinot Noir with amazing depth and purity. In the cellar, hand sorted grapes undergo a 3-5 day cold soak followed by wild yeast primary fermentation in small open-top stainless steel tanks. Following primary, the wine was transferred to a blend of 30% new Cavin, François Freres, and Darnajou barrels for 12 months malolactic and aging.