As a winemaker one of my favorite jobs is tasting threw all of our barrels which usually takes several days. I will pull samples from a set of 10 barrels and let then rest for about 20 minutes, before I taste threw them. Barrel tasting is so interesting, tasting wines as they are aging and developing their flavors, building their maturity and personality can only be done by consistentlytasting them over time.
Over the past few months I have noticed some beautiful flavors of red cherry in one set of barrels that represent a single small block of our Russian River Vineyard. The full red delicious cherry flavors are consistent in all of the barrels. Often I will notice a specific flavor profile in certain vineyard blocks, but not as intense and deliberate as the ones that we have in our "Cherry Block" Russian River section.
What makes this section of the vineyard special as the amount of late afternoon sun it receives, which is the softer bent sunlight. The difference of the suns rays change threw out the day. The morning light is direct whichhas more of the white light of the light spectrum. The spectrum of the suns rays change threw out the day and in the late afternoon the sun light becomes bent and shifts to more of indirect rays on the red and orange end of the light spectrum. This is what i believe produces this amazing "Cherry Block" flavor that I find so fascinating. It has taken us three years to propagate , locate and produce this little cherry gem. As of this year, 2017 we are releasing our 2015 Russian River Valley Cherry Block Pinot Noir. I am so excited to have this single block special bottling to share, it has been a long time in the making and we are so happy with this one . )