2016 Leras Family Vineyards ~ Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ 750 ml
We continuously taste Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley, and we find Leras Family Vineyards always delivers a classic representation of the region. But, from vintage to vintage we find it can vary. 2015 offered deep, wildly concentrated wine, while the 2016 vintage is focused with a complex nose of red fruit and earthy notes. Delicious high notes of Rainier cherry, raspberry and rhubarb flavors are woven with threads of earth and minerality, all framed by a touch of sweet toasty oak. The refreshing acidity and soft tannins at the finish make this a killer wine with food.
The Leras Family Vineyards, located in the heart of the Russian River Valley off Woolsey Road and called God’s Little Acre, is planted with Pommard clones that are approximately 14 years old, as well as newer vine clones Beringer Heritage, 115, 667 and 777. This vineyard embodies earthiness and minerals, the signature of Pinot Noir grown in the Russian River Valley.
11 months in Francois Fréres French Oak, 50% new, 50% 1-2 year old