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Stephens Vineyard sits on a steep north-facing hill in the heart of the Russian River Valley. With well-draining Goldridge soil and cool mornings and evenings, this property is ideal for growing top-notch pinot noir. To achieve maximum complexity, fruit is sourced from a cross section of clones Pommard, 115, 667 and 777.

Fruit from the Stephens Vineyard was hand picked on August 26th. It then went through a five-day cold soak, followed by a 14-day fermentation. Punched down twice-daily through fermentation. The pinot noir was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 40% being new, with the remainder of the barrels being one to two years old.

Once again, Stephens Vineyard has yielded an exceptional wine with sophisticated aromas of blackberry, forest floor, cherry and spice. On the palate, fine, juicy tannins add nuance to flavors of plum cherry and red fruit, with bright acidity adding lift to the dark fruit flavors.

Appellation
Russian River Valley
Varietal
100% pinot noir
Clones
Pommard, 115, 667, 777
Planted
1999
Yield
2-3 tons per acre
Soil
Goldridge
Climate
Relatively cool, consistent fog during the ripening season
Cooperage
100% French oak, 40% new, blend of Francois Freres, Taransaud, Louis Latour
pH
3.60
Acid
6.1 grams per liter
Alcohol
14.2
Production
Strictly limited production, only 150 cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
Enjoy this wine now through 2026

2016
Russian River Valley
Stephens Vineyard
Pinot Noir