Discovering Russian River Cherry Block Pinot Noir

As a winemaker, one of my favorite jobs is tasting through all of our barrels which usually takes several days. I will pull samples from a set of 10 barrels and let them rest for about 20 minutes before I taste 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 consistently tasting 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 is the amount of late afternoon sun it receives, which is the softer bent sunlight.  The difference of the suns rays change throughout the day. The morning light is a direct. The spectrum of the suns rays change throughout the day and in the late afternoon the sunlight becomes bent and shifts to moreindirect 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. This year,  we are finally 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 . )

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