Our 2017 Pinot Noir comes from the “Widdoes” Vineyard within Dutton Ranch (outside Sebastopol, California), in the Russian River Valley AVA (Green Valley sub-appellation). Widdoes is a 26 acre vineyard producing wines for our winery as well as Patz&Hall ,Capieux Vineyards, and DuMOL Winery. The resulting wine (Inspired by the classical French Burgundy region where Pinot Noir has been grown since the 14th Century) is medium, full-body in color – with deep berry notes of red & black cherry.
This wine reminds me of fine red silk. A mouthfeel so smooth, it’s like polished glass in the mind. This Pinot Noir is perhaps the most refined of any that I have made. It is not a beast by any means but right from the start, this wine begins with mild red fruit aromatics of cherry skin, ripe strawberries, clove, a hint of allspice and candy basket. The nose and color are marvelous, but the ah-ha moment of this wine is the mouthfeel and balance. There are no edges, or ‘elbows’ out in this wine whatsoever. It’s a marvelous thing when the tactile beginning of a Pinot is entirely in harmony and this wine sings. I don’t know if this will be a wine to live a long, long life, but from release to 10 years, it is most certainly bankable!