2014 Pinot Noir
2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
On the nose, notes of cranberry, black cherry, dried rose petals mix with toast oak aromas. On the palette it is full and round with red berry fruit blackberry, cherry, and anise complete each sip, with hints of vanilla bean and wood spices on the finish. The excellent weight and balanced acidity gives a wonderful shape on the palate. This wine is tasting delicious now and will continue to age and develop even more secondary aromas and flavors over the next few years.
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. With the limited amount of water and unseasonably warm conditions. It was another early bud break season; almost 10 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines.