Tasting Notes - Our goal is to truly capture the Russian River terroir in the glass. The 2007 Pinot Noir offers aromas of dark plum and black cherry, with hints of rose petal and orange peel. Hedonistic in flavors...brooding black cherry, cocoa and spice...plush texture, with broad tannins and a lingering, juicy fruit finish. This Pinot Noir spends 10 months in 40% new French Oak Barrels with medium to medium plus toast. The result is a full-bodied wine with hints of vanilla. Winemaker Notes - Making Pinot Noir is a bit of a fool's quest. Its temperamental and fragile nature makes it a challenge from vine to bottle. A notorious failure in many places, Pinot only reveals its brilliance in tiny, specific cool-climate pockets of the world. Russian River Valley is one of them. Cool coastal fog rolls over the vineyards each day and the Pinot Noir ripens at a leisurely pace in the moderate climate. Concentrated, small berries literally burst with flavor, wrapped up in heady spice and plush, round texture.