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Silver Trident Winery

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Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
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2021 Benevolent Dictator Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Our 2021 vintage of the Benevolent Dictator is a classic expression of Russian River Pinot Noir. With each swirl, bright aromas of black cherry and ripe strawberry intermingle with the scent of cola and baking spices. The initial fruit-focused aromatics evolve into a complex medley of Tahitian vanille, toasted brioche, cardamom and a touch of earthy forest floor...

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After a wild 2020, we approached the 2021 vintage with great optimism. While still grappling with drought in California, the growing season delivered as we had all hoped: plentiful sunshine, moderate temperatures and a long, consistent growing season. Although the harvest produced a smaller crop than previous years, the 2021 vintage will be remembered for small, concentrated clusters of flavorful fruit and excellent quality

This vibrant and classic Russian River Pinot Noir is bursting with aromas of bright ripe cherry, raspberry, clove and sweet vanilla. The first sip is lush, savory and juicy on the palate with waves of bright Bing cherry and rhubarb accentuated with black tea and cola spice. A silky mid-palate reveals a ripe, red summer fruit core with tones of baking spice and graphite. Seductive and integrated tannins lift additional fresh summer strawberries and hints of rose petals that linger on the finish. Youthful and exuberant upon release, this wine is delicious right now and ready to enjoy. Those with a little more patience will be rewarded by giving the wine a bit more time in the cellar.

•100% Gregori Vineyard on Dutton Ranch
• 25% whole cluster fermentation
• Cool climate, producing fruit-focused aromas

Vintage: 2021
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