2022 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
2022 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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2022 Vintage
Ask any winemaker in Napa or Sonoma, and you’ll hear about the optimism we all shared for the 2022 vintage. Even though we had almost no rain in January or February,  the drought did have an impact on the vines. The growing season started out as expected. We had an even (although early) budbreak, bloom and veraison. The clusters were ripening at a leisurely pace with no exceptional heat spikes until we approached Labor Day weekend. And while we often see extreme heat as September approaches, this was one for the record books. Significant heat for a long period of time was then alleviated by some rain which put harvest on hold for a few days and slowed down the ripening process. We returned to seasonal weather, and we were able to hang the grapes a little longer and pick at ideal ripeness.

Tasting Notes 
The dark garnet color hints at the future of this Russian River beauty. While it is slightly reserved and a bit shy at this young age, you’ll find plenty of black cherry aromas layered with bright summer fruit notes, then some cola and spice will start to peek through with another swirl or two. Lush deep

•100% Gregori Vineyard on Dutton Ranch
• 15% whole cluster fermentation
• Cool climate, producing fruit-focused aromas

Vintage: 2022
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
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production: 750 cases

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Alcohol %