2019 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
The 2019 growing season in Northern California was what many would consider a near-perfect or “classic” vintage. The vines soaked up every inch of the extremely heavy rainfall we received in March and April. Robust cover crops flourished between the vineyard rows and enriched the soil with plenty of nutrients. Late rains in May, followed by summer heat, caused the canopies to push heavily in June and July. Experienced hands in the vineyard rallied to manage their vigorous growth. We saw only a few heat spikes throughout the warm summer months, giving us extended hang time on the vine. The harvest provided grapes with great color, balanced structure and brilliant acidity.
Classic Russian River aromas of cola and spice harmonize with bright notes of black cherry and ripe strawberry. Juicy and round upon entry, the mid-palate is packed with complex layers of dried herbs, baking spice, black tea and ripe red fruits of strawberry, cranberry and cherry. As the wine evolves in the glass, an apex of ripe red fruit blossoms with a touch of Tahitian vanilla and toasted brioche from new French oak barrels. This elegantly layered, mouthwatering and alluring wine flaunts a velvety texture which expresses the beauty of the grape and its terroir. This wine is playful in its youth and will age gracefully in the years ahead.
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: 515 cases