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2018
Pinot Noir

Lindleys Knoll
Russian River Valley

55.00 750mL

Taste Profile

Cherry, caramel and cola aromas are followed by a dusty oak, butterscotch and plum flavors, balanced acid with some pleasant oilyness in the late midpalate and slightly fresher acidity on the finish.

Vineyard

Davis Bynum Pinot Noirs showcase terroir, differences in flavor from distinct sites in the Russian River Valley. The Lindley's Knoll Pinot comes from a block growing in clay loam soils at our Jane's vineyard, in a neighborhood called the Santa Rosa Plain in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It's planted to a Swiss clone of Pinot Noir, called Wadenswil 2A, which was planted about 20 years ago. Warm days allow the fruit to ripen while the cool nights allow the vines retain acidity, which makes the Russian River Valley a world class winegrowing region.

Style

We fermented a few tons of Wädenswil clone 2A in oak puncheons and macrobins, all of which were punched down by hand twice a day through fermentation. This type of small lot fermentation with punchdowns allows for good extraction from the grape, in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. The native yeast fermentation elicited lots of red fruit notes, and complexity under that, with supple tannin structure and balanced acidity, which is the core of our desired style. The finished blend was made from about half of the oak fermented portion and half from the macrobin portion. Lindley's Knoll Pinot Noir shows complexity and an elegant sophistication, things that we enjoy from our vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley.

Harvest Date
September 18, 2018
Avg. Brix at Harvest
23.2 Brix
Oak Aging
15 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels, 45% new
ALC
14.0%
PH
3.58
TA
.63 g/100mL
Soil
The vines here show moderate vigor in their growth habit, mainly due to the acidic, nutrient poor soil and good drainage.
The Harvest
The temperature during the 2018 growing season was very mild with low precipitation, only 23 inches of rain. Only nine days over 90F were recorded and none over 100F. Picking started a week later than it did for the much warmer 2017 vintage. Very cool and overcast mornings predominated early September and our harvest as we hand-picked the grapes in the early morning of September 18.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Lindleys Knoll
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Soil
The vines here show moderate vigor in their growth habit, mainly due to the acidic, nutrient poor soil and good drainage.
Oak Aging
15 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels, 45% new

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