2019 El Diablo Pinot Noir
Single Vineyard Series
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
Oak: 10 months in 33% new French oak
El Diablo was very much a natural progression for us to classify as a vineyard-specific site for VML. This vineyard is the perfect storm – location, soil, and clone. Don’t ask how, but the “suitcase” DRC clone was planted in this specific block, which is a rare clone sourced from an incredible vineyard in Burgundy. The clone expression, the way we interpret it, translates to incredible softness on the palate, with tannins carving like a snowboard on fresh powder. The vineyard sits on a ridge, and is prone to one or two warm summer days, adding to the wonderful fruit expression present in this wine. Truly an incredible site with magical vines planted throughout.
The inaugural 2019 is both elegant and powerful, combining many of the most interesting characteristics the RRV has to offer. The nose is rose petal, elegant fruit, and cotton candy. The palate is red licorice, rounded spice, and so so soft. This wine finishes quite elegant, with notes of spice, ripe alpine strawberry, and graham cracker.