2016 Nunes Vineyard ~ Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ 750 ml
Nunes Vineyard isn't the sexiest address in the lineup, but this vintage will teach you not to be such a snob! The nose of this dark ruby red wine is a burst of fresh wild red fruit aromas. On the palate, a complex, mouthwatering blend of brambly ripe strawberry and raspberry with hints of caramel and toast. This is a striking example of Nunes Vineyard with lively mouthfeel, plenty of acidity and a compelling, finely knit tannin structure. It is an impressive vintage for this vineyard that will no doubt improve with bottle age. It's pretty great on its own, but really this one screams for a big slab of fatty salmon with mushrooms and fennel. Ooh boy..
Located on the last of Russian River Valley’s alluvial bench with its silty clay loam soil, Nunes Vineyard provides us perfectly ripened 115, 667, 777 clonal grapes vintage after vintage. The valley’s renowned fog is a natural cooling system influencing from two directions, the Pacific Ocean from the West, and San Francisco Bay from the South, the perfect condition for a long cool growing season. Fred and Wendy Nunes combine a passion for growing Pinot Noir with a comprehensive knowledge of their vineyard and the science that drives it. Between Mother nature and the Nunes’, this vineyard has all the components we need to produce stellar Pinot Noir that speaks from the vineyard.
11 months in Francois Fréres French Oak, 50% new, 50% 1-2 year old