Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows Paul Hobbs Winery to produce wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Winemaking: Hand-harvested, picked at night. Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 9% whole cluster inclusion. 5-day cold soak, 14 day maceration. Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Gentle punchdowns. Aged 10 months in French Oak barrels; 45% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Remond, Gauthier. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2018. Displaying a deep crimson hue, the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir bounds from the glass with plush aromatics of Morello cherry, mulberry, baking spice, and red clay. The fine, alluring texture gives way to focused flavors of boysenberry, bergamot, and iron which continue to evolve throughout the lengthy finish.