2017 Russian River Valley "Martaella Vineyard" Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
From the immaculately-farmed Martaella Vineyard, situated half way between Montafi Ranch and Papera Ranch in the Russian River Valley, we used two clones for this wine, the tiny-berried Clone 96 that originated from a vineyard near Chambertin and the ever popular Pommard clone. The Pommard portion was fermented with 50% whole cluster while the 96 was fully destemmed. Aged in 40% new French oak, a single Boutes Grande Réserve barrel that is exceptional at highlighting terroir and fruit without adding wood or toast aromas, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Lucid medium ruby-red. With a bit of swirling, aromas of red cherry, rose hip, forest floor, and cinnamon are revealed. Despite the use of some whole cluster in the fermentation, there is no overt stemminess, just a pleasing spice note. On the palate, the wine enters medium-weight, with a lovely mouth-coating texture and flavors of wild strawberry and underbrush. Crisp acidity and fine tannins carry through the persistent, mineral-infused finish. Overall, a wine of great texture, elegance, and finesse (much like a great Burgundy) but do not let this wine fool you. It has the structure to age well. Peak enjoyment should be from 2022 through 2032. (MRO - 11/1/19)