Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir
93 Points, WineReviewOnline.com, May 2013 (2012 Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir)
Our 2013 Winemaker’s Block Selection is an elegant expression of our finest vineyard blocks in the Russian River Valley. Silky and smooth, the wine showcases the complexity and depth one can coax from Pinot Noir grown in an exceptional, cool-climate region. Pommard Clone grapes from Block R02 on our Del Rio Ranch Vineyard and T09 on our MacMurray Ranch Vineyard provided the backbone and structure for this wine. Calera Clone and 828 from Laguna Ranch Block L07 lent the wine its alluring, dark cherry characteristics.
The 2013 vintage got off to an early start in the Russian River Valley, leading the way to a long, moderate growing season. The summer was warm and sunny with minimal rainfall, creating the ideal conditions for growing flavorful grapes with excellent acidity. This outstanding vintage has produced wines of intense color, stunning concentration and excellent balance.