Skip to main content
Gold Tier

2020 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Bing cherry, fresh strawberry, and orange zest lead into a velvety, smooth palate of red plum, violet, and earthiness with a lingering finish.

Regrettably sold out online
    Image of Russian River Valley at dusk.

    James MacPhail's Notes

    This is our homage to the legendary Russian River Valley AVA, crafted from a variety of vineyard sources throughout the region with the goal of highlighting the Russian River's iconic Pinot Noir style. 2020 gave us a mild growing season and a delayed harvest, allowing us to truly bring out classic flavors like Bing cherry, orange zest, and a slight earthiness in a medium-bodied wine that hits all the right notes.

    James Macphail
    11 months in 100% French Oak (35% New)
    Russian River Valley

    Tasting Notes

    Bing cherry, fresh strawberry, and orange zest on the nose. The palate is supple and velvety, driven by red fruits with floral violet notes and a subtle earthiness emblematic of the Russian River Valley. This luscious Pinot Noir is bright, clean, well-structured, and has a lingering, fruit-forward finish.

    Production Notes

    Grapes were hand-picked, hand-sorted, and 100% de-stemmed. They underwent a five-day cold maceration followed by fermentation in small, open-top tanks in which a selection of native and inoculated yeasts were utilized along with daily punch-downs by hand to enhance flavor. Wine was aged in oak barrels for 11 months sur lie with battonage (light stirring) in the barrels every other week.

    Grape rows awaiting growing season in the Russian River Valley

    Russian River Valley

    We collaborate with family growers from several areas throughout the famed Russian River Valley AVA, with each vineyard contributing critical, unique aspects to the resulting wines. Our Gold tier wines are carefully-crafted blends of grapes from these various vineyards, while several of our Platinum tier single-vineyard sources reside within this renowned region.

    Explore Vineyard
    Russian River Valley Pinot Noir resting on table