2017 Russian River Valley Lingenfelder Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 Pinot Noir
“The 2017 Pinot Noir Lingenfelder Vineyard is … brilliant. Coming from a cooler site in the Russian River and fermented with one-third whole clusters, it has lots of spice and cola notes as well as hints of violets and sassafras. Complex, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and just with tons of character, it’s a gem of a Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 7-8 years.”
About This Wine
The Lingenfelder Vineyard is always the last vineyard that we pick in the Russian River, and oftentimes the last vineyard we pick in all of California. Some of this is because of the clonal mix – Pommard and Martini clones – non-Dijon selections that ripen later in and of themselves. And some of this later ripening has to do with the unique location of the Lingenfelder Vineyard, in a low- lying section of a colder part of the Russian River Valley. This combination of site and clones produces a particularly distinctive wine. With the Pommard clone we used about 40% whole clusters, which gives a brightness and lift to the wine, while the Martini clone provides a darker, deeper element to the mid-palate. These two parts sometimes take some time to integrate, so we’d recommend six months or so in the cellar, but with just a little bit of time this will be a wonderfully complete wine.