2007 Reserve Pinot Noir, Green Valley
The highlight of the 2007 vintage , in my humble opinion, was our 2007 Reserve Pinot Noir. The grapes come from a one-half acre vineyard in Green Valley, which is a cool sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley known for producing exceptional Pinot noir.
A long cool harvest in 2007 gave us additional flavor maturity in the grape without higher sugar content. This helped produce intensely flavored wines without overwhelming alcoholic or diminished acidity.
The reserve Pinot Noir displays aromas of bing cherry, wild strawberry and dried plum. In the mouth, you get a rich full body with well integrated French oak and a wonderful finish that lingers with hints of toasty vanilla. This wine is tasting wonderful, but will improve with age. Drink within the next 7 years. One of the highlights of my recent sales trip to Missouri was sharing this wine with folks. At a small tasting on the last day of my trip a woman asked me, “have you ever had anyone cry after tasting your wines?” I thought she was joking at first, but I can honestly say she was really tearing up. I think that has to be the best complement I have ever received. So If this wine doesn’t make you cry, the fact that we only made 75 cases might. Enjoy!