Ancien Pinot Noir "Jouissance" 2018, Russian River Valley, California

Gilbert Perez’s 2-acre vineyard in the SW corner of the RRV appellation, only nominally protected by the coastal hills and open to the maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean, is the single source for these grapes. The soils are loose, sandy, and well-drained, typical for the Russian River Valley, and known for producing explosive and aromatic fruit flavors balanced with acidity and earthy aromas. Wine fermented in one ton, open-top tanks, layering the bottom 25% of each tank with whole clusters of fruit, adding structure and spice notes. A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented and completed with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling. “Intensely spiced and fruity aromas of strawberry and black cherry mix with cinnamoned hazelnut and fresh herbs as an introduction to this hedonistic blend of fresh fruit and earthy spice. The wine opens to a broad and firmer than usual mid-palate of various black berries and cassis. The opulence and strength of flavor in this vintage is reminiscent of the outstanding 2010 vintage that has held especial vibrancy of characteristic flavors for years. The palate is elevated and brightened with a refreshing acidity that welcomes this wine to the table. Dried flowers, fresh berries, sweet cranberry orange, and baking spices are revealed in the satisfying finish.” – From the Winery