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2017 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Elite Selection

This wine is power-packed with succulent fruit, velvety tannins and juicy acidity that delights the palate and lingers into a zesty, snappy finish.

2017 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Elite Selection

Appellation
Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes
Alluring aromas of sour cherry, tobacco leaf, pomegranate, wet tea leaves, cinnamon, and tangerine zest emanate, while hints of fresh earth and coastal tree leaves captivate the olfactory senses. Opening with a vibrant core of blood orange, lingonberry, cherry chutney and scintillating acidity, the palate unfolds into a mysterious array of flavors reminiscent of fennel, tarragon, sweet tobacco and tamarind. This wine is power-packed with succulent fruit, velvety tannins and juicy acidity that delights the palate and lingers into a zesty, snappy finish.
Vineyard Notes
The McDonald Mountain Vineyard is nestled in a very cool area near the border dividing the Russian River Valley from the Petaluma Gap. This beautiful area, referred to as the Sebastopol Hills neighborhood of the Russian River Valley, is where the fog first arrives inland from the Pacific Ocean in the morning, and where it burns off last in the afternoon. The vineyard was planted in 2008 on one to four feet of Goldridge sandy loam underlain with Los Osos clay. The diverse clonal selection includes 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 828 and Elite. The latter is a suitcase selection that produces some of the most exotic fruit characteristics that we’ve ever tasted from Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. The cool temperatures, daily fog, breezy afternoons, steep slopes and dry farming practices all contribute to the production of very small, but extremely flavor-packed clusters and berries that always retain plenty of natural acidity. This limited production comes from one small tank of Elite Selection that was fermented with 42% whole clusters in order to accentuate the earthy, exotic terroir, but also to balance the high natural acidity that is unique to this site.
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