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Russian River Valley
70% Calegari Vineyard 15% Dutton Campbell Vineyard 15% Palmer Estate Vineyard
100% Pinot Noir
The 2016 has a deep garnet red color. In the glass, there are intense aromas of late summer black raspberry, cola-berry, and perfumed spring lilac. On the palate, the entry is full and explodes with flavors of roasted coffee, dried tea leaf, and lingering Santa Rosa plum. Still in its youth, this wine is just starting to reveal its layers of complexity and energy. This wine will drink best over the next 8-12 years and age gracefully for many more after that.
The growing season for 2016 was absent of any extreme weather events. We received average rainfall which was a little of a relief from the last few years of severe drought. During the month of May, the slightly warmer than average temperatures resulted in great fruit set. This vintage was characterized by a very cool August and at points relatively cool September days too. For a finicky grape like Pinot Noir, this extended period of cool days resulted in deeply colored skins and lots of complex grape flavors. Now, we were tasked to just not mess it all up when it came to the winery!
The 2016 Charlie Clay Pinot Noir is a blend of three distinct vineyards. For each vineyard, we were able to tease out the subtleties of each site by fermenting in three unique vessels. This allowed us to incorporate whole cluster, native fermentations, and use a wide range of cap management styles. As a result, when we blended our 2016 Charlie Clay Pinot Noir, we blended barrel by barrel, as some fermentations resulted in only 1-2 barrels of wine. The intricacies of our early work are exemplified in this delicious, nuanced classic Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.