2021 Charlie Clay, Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley
Calegari, Dutton, Palmer
100% Pinot Noir
On the nose, aromas of black cherry flesh, river stone, crushed violent candy and tangerine rind comingle with delicate sweet-soil tones. On the palate, sweet red fruits, black truffle and a strong mineral vein get support from a core of polished tannins and freshness. This precise structure provides an element of tension and purpose. While just starting to show its layers of detail, this wine will drink beautifully over the next 5-8 years.
When bud break arrived in late March, we had received only about 20 percent of our annual rainfall. And coming off the previous dry season, it was evident that early adjustments to crop levels and managing the canopy for more dappled fruit exposure would be beneficial, leaving the vines in a strong position to finish out the growing season. Our plush 2021 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is the result of these dynamics and decisions, and it shows great detail, precision and sweetness of fruit.