Kenwood Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014
This classically styled Pinot Noir used to craft was made from vineyards located in Sonoma County’s celebrated Russian River Valley appellation. The Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean and serves as a channel for the cool ocean fog to move inland from the coast. The soil combined with the ocean’s cooling influence creates ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir.
The vintage of 2014 marked the third year of California’s historic drought and the difficult growing conditions provided intensely flavored fruit with rich color and body. Picked at the peak of flavor in late September and early October, the wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Before bottling, a small amount, one percent. of Syrah was added to the final blend to enhance the wine’s complexity and finish.
Luscious red-fruit aromas raspberry, cherry and red currant combine with spice notes of nutmeg and vanilla. Rich body with delicate well-integrated tannins lead to a smooth and elegant finish.
This refreshing, fruity Pinot Noir is wonderfully versatile and pairs well with a wide variety of foods, including mushroom bruschetta and grilled wild salmon.