Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir
93 Points, WineReviewOnline.com, May 2013 (2012 Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir)
Our 2012 Winemaker’s Block Selection is an elegant expression of our finest Pinot Noir vineyard blocks in the Russian River Valley. Silky and smooth, this Pinot Noir reflects a cooler vintage and a long growing season. Pinot Noir Clone 115 from our Del Rio Ranch Vineyard provided the backbone and structure for this wine. Pommard Clone 5 from MacMurray Ranch Block T09 and our Calera Clone from Laguna Ranch Block L07 gave this wine its alluring deep cherry characteristics.
The 2012 vintage brought a long and cool growing season to the Russian River Valley. We selected the fruit for this Pinot Noir from three esteemed blocks on our estate vineyards: Del Rio Ranch Block 4, Laguna Ranch Block 7 and Mac Murray Ranch Block 9. All three vineyard blocks are VSP trellised, hand-leafed and hand-harvested.