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Working alongside renowned Vineyard Manager Charlie Chenoweth, grower Bruce Cummings has taken a traditional approach to farming his pinot noir vineyard. Their hard work and hands-on farming techniques have made this unassuming property an acclaimed source of cool-climate pinot noir. The vineyard's ideal Goldridge soils and three clones contribute to the nuanced complexity of our Cummings pinot noir.

With its firm acidity, excellent structure, and mouthfilling flavors, Winemaker Michael Zardo felt that this wine could handle a slightly higher percentage of new French oak (40%) during its twelve months of barrel aging.

Defined by its vibrant red fruit and spice, and its lovely balance between acids and tannins, this is a complex and compelling expression of Russian River Valley pinot noir. The nose is filled with enticing aromas of bright cherry and layers of forest floor, fine herbs, green tea and brambly notes. On the palate, flavors of ripe raspberry, plum and spice are supported by refreshing acidity and firm tannins that carry though to a long, focused finish.

Appellation
Russian River valley
Varietal
100% Pinot Noir
Clones
115, 667, 777
Planted
2001
Yield
2.5 tons per acre
Soil
Sandy loam/Goldridge
Climate
cool, with consistent morning fog during the ripening season
Cooperage
100% French Oak: 40% new
pH
3.63
Acid
6.0
Alcohol
14.3
Production
190 cases
Cellar Recommendation
Enjoy this wine fromm 2013-2019

2011
Cummings
Vineyard
Pinot Noir