VML 2018 Russian River Pinot Noir
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
Stem Inclusion: 7%
Barrel Program: 20% New French
TA: 6.58 (g/L)
The VML Appellation Series Pinot Noir is our humble attempt at crafting a wine that speaks the unique and beautiful language of the Russian River Valley, an area that we believe rivals any for growing Pinot Noir. The vineyards that style this blend come from the farthest corners of the AVA -Middle Reach to the Coast – and everywhere in between. This blend is almost always naturally complex- due in many ways to the various unique terroirs found throughout this magical growing region.
The nose on the 2018 begins super-expressive, with notes of spices, crushed tomato, and a really enticing balance of cherry fruit and earthy mushroom- quite representative of the Russian River Valley. The bit of stem inclusion adds some wet stone and floral notes but most importantly creates a dimension of structure that checks the fruit profile. The body is balanced, not slim nor thick, and betrays hints of both red and black fruit. The wine skates effortlessly through the palate, digging into a long and lingering finish.