2016 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir
After five years of drought we saw some relief in the form of substantial, nourishing rains during the winter months. An early, warm spring prompted an early budbreak, with veraison also starting early in most northern California vineyards. It seemed like 2016 would be another early vintage, until the moderate, steady heat of summer stretched the ripening season a little longer than expected. We allowed the fruit to hang a little longer and achieve ideal ripeness. The early rains in October were of no concern since the wines were already happily fermenting in the winery before the first drop fell. We are happy to report that the quality of the 2016 vintage is simply superb.
2016 Benevolent Dictator Tasting Notes
Bursting with youthful exuberance, the 2016 Benevolent Dictator is packed with bright aromas of fresh picked summer berries, rose petals and ripe black cherries. With another swirl, the secondary aromas of cola and spice lift out of the glass. Typical of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, the effusive notes of ripe summer fruit, cherry cola and savory herbs playfully roll across the palate. Soft on entry, the lush fruit plays well with the earthy, toasty notes that sit on a solid foundation of integrated tannins. There’s depth and complexity, with a bit of creaminess near the finish that leaves room for more exploration, and may leave you longing for another sip.
2016 Winemaking Notes
Appellation: 100% Russian River
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir, 50% clone 667 and 50% clone 777
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% New, 50% 2-year French oak
Production: 570 cases
- 100% Gregori Vineyard on Dutton Ranch
- 25% whole cluster fermentation
- Cool climate, producing fruit-focused aromas