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2018 Perry Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (1 x 750 ml)
This wine is crafted from the Perry Ranch Vineyard, one of three vineyards formerly and collectively known as Keefer Ranch. Perry Ranch, farmed by the Dutton Family, is in the headwaters of Green Valley Creek, on a gently sloping, well-drained, south-facing exposure. The vineyard offers fruit that profits from a long, cool hang time resulting in outstanding color and extraction. Green Valley is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County and lies within the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley appellation. Green Valley is consistent in terms of soil, climate and flavor characteristics. It is the first place where the fog comes in and the last place where it burns off, making it the coolest, foggiest part of the Russian River Valley. The predominant soil type of Green Valley is Goldridge loam, noted for producing high quality Pinot Noir grapes. This wine exhibits the classic flavor profile of Green Valley: ripe cherry and cranberry fruit, spice, lively acidity, soft tannins, supple texture, and beautiful structure.
The long growing season in 2018 revealed a vintage with structure and concentration without being overripe. Despite a warm February, the growing season started off cooler than the past few vintages. A cool spring meant bloom lasted longer than usual, which resulted in a bountiful crop. Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. Veraison started later as well, and as a result, harvest started two to three weeks later than in recent years. The result was fruit exhibiting fully mature, sweet tannins, with outstanding color and brightness.
The 2018 Perry Ranch Pinot Noir has pleasant aromas of brambly raspberry, bright cherry, coriander and dried orange peel. The palate combines a juicy entry of strawberry and pomegranate layered on the backbone of tangy cranberry with a clean bright acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies