2020 Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Valravn Pinot Noir is an exploration of Sonoma County, anchored in the Russian River Valley. Vineyards span at far NORTH as Annapolis, EAST as Sonoma Mountain, WEST as Freestone, SOUTH as Petaluma Gap. Noteable vineyards include Starscape (Middle Reach - Russian River AVA), Bohemian (Green Valley - Russian River AVA), Cleary Ranch (Freestone-Occidental - Russian River AVA), Sunnyslope (Bennett Valley AVA), Gap’s Crown (Petaluma Gap - Sonoma Coast AVA), and Durell (Los Carneros - Sonoma Coast AVA).
Hand-sorted grapes undergo cold soak in the cellar, followed by primary fermentation in small open-top stainless steel tanks. Following primary, the wine transferred to a blend of 20% new Cavin, François Freres, Remond, Fouailly, and Tremeaux barrels for ten months malolactic and aging.
TASTING NOTES |
Dark garnet in color, the 2020 Valravn Pinot Noir explodes out of the glass with rich scents of blackberry compote, cinnamon, and cedar. While showing the salty balance of cool-climate Pinot Noir, the wine exudes concentrated black fruits on the palate, coming from the Russian River vineyards, which comprised about 40% of the blend. An unctuous palate weight balances flavors of cassis, black plum, and framboise. The wine has excellent complexity and plays in a category far above its modest price point.
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