Russian River Valley: Where Pinot Noir Has Made Its Mark
One of my favorite aspects of making wine in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley is the nuanced texture, aroma and flavor profiles of the Pinot Noir grown here. It is the variety of soils and elevations in the region that lead to grapes with unique profiles when made into wine. The Russian River Valley is one of only a handful of places in the world where Pinot Noir can grow and the diversity of terroir has allowed me to make three different single vineyard Pinot Noirs each year, each with its own distinct personality.
One of the most exciting wine projects in the United States has been the Russian River Winegrowers “Neighborhoods Project.” The Russian River Valley Winegrowers got together to film this stunning video detailing these distinct regions and soil types of the valley and why a handful of us chose to lead the way in producing Pinot Noir here. Watch the video and let it take you on an “armchair” tour from your home to ours and learn more about this unique and stunning region.
In 2017, I brought together pinot grapes from three different neighborhoods in the valley to create a rich, delicious and distinctive Pinot Noir to represent the region: The 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Special Blend.
Fruit from our estate property, Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) located in the Santa Rosa Plain, lends its signature minerality and backbone of acidity to the blend. Meanwhile the Vine Hill property in the Laguna Ridge neighborhood, lends delicate raspberry notes. Lastly, grippy tannin and bold fruit shine through the mid palate from our higher elevation vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, Sexton Road Ranch. By blending these distinct vineyards, after small lot fermentation with native yeasts, I have created a special blend to pay tribute to the complexity and elegance of the region.