2016 Russian River Valley Parsons’ Vineyard Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018
About This Wine
The Parsons Vineyard is in the Santa Rosa Plain section of the Russian River Valley. This area is just west of the winery and is characterized by compact soils full of clay and rather flat topography. None of which sounds particularly great for high quality Pinot Noir. However, over the years the Parsons Vineyard has seemingly defied our preconceived notions and produced one of our top Pinot Noirs virtually every vintage. The 2016 vintage is no exception as it has once again provided us with one of the more compelling examples of classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Making Parsons even more interesting is that some of the younger vines there are now starting to produce compelling wines on their own, giving us 4 different clones to blend. 2016 is the first vintage that we have had all components together which has allowed us to make a Parsons Vineyard Pinot Noir that (pardon the Emeril expression) kicks it up a notch in terms of flavor complexity.