2017 Leras Family Vineyards ~ Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ 750 ml
We'll say it again: Leras Family Vineyard is the classic expression of Russian River Valley fruit. The 2017 Leras Family is an enticing, refined expression of this region. A complex nose, the wine starts with its typical burst of red fruit with good measure of the classic RRV earth and dirt. Elegant perfume notes follow as the wine continues to opens. On the palate, a delicious interplay of sweet and tart red fruit flavors entertains with raspberry, strawberry, subtle cherry notes and plenty of earth and dust. As the wine opens, the mouthfeel broadens and subtle orange peel flavors emerge. Some RRV Pinots can be too big. But not ours, this vintage offers us a more restrained year and we are loving it! Begs for salmon, paella or pork with grilled peaches and plums.
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