The smoldering Earth Pinot Noir is the most robust of our Earth, Moon & Stars series. Pinot is traditionally a cool-climate grape, but here we see what happens when it is carefully allowed to get richly ripe in a warmer belt. The Earth showcases the Middle Reach of the northern Russian River Valley, boasting a deep purple color, zinfandel-like texture and brilliant structure.
Complex aromas of licorice, rosewater, jasmine tea, rhubarb pie, savory mushrooms, and sassafras entice the nose. Candied strawberry, cherry-cola and vanilla bean are complimented by a brilliant acidity and a juicy, lingering finish.
Ageing: 100% French oak barrels
Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Final Analysis: Alcohol 14.8%; T.A. 0.59 g/100mL; pH 3.62
Bottling Date: July 2016
Cases Produced: 412
Barrel Selections are blended from the best barrels of each sub-region. In this way, we offer a walk through the Russian River Valley. Earth Pinot Noir conveys the dark fruits and firm structure of the warm Middle Reach area. Moon Pinot Noir aspires to capture the balanced layering of black and red fruits in Green Valley. Sun Chardonnay displays the bright warmth of Green Valley's small golden clusters. Finally, Stars Pinot Noir is blended for coastal flavors of soil and perfume.