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This benchland property in the heart of the Russian River is a truly special collaboration between grape grower Bruce Cummings and renowned vineyard manager Charlie Chenoweth. This vineyard features classic Russian River Valley Goldridge soils planted to clones 115, 667 and 777. Together, these clones create a layered wine that always offers amazing complexity.

Winemaker Michael Zardo fermented the 2012 Cummings Vineyard grapes for 15 days, with twice-daily hand punchdowns for a gentle integration of grape skins. The wine was aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 45% new oak.

This gorgeous wine shows what happens when you combine a perfectly farmed vineyard with a great vintage. The nose offers alluring aromas of cherry blossom and forest floor, with a savory hint of bacon. On the palate, flavors of rhubarb and pemgranate are supported by firm tannins that carry the wine to a long, well-structured finish. 

Appellation
Russian River Valley
Varietal
100% pinot noir
Clones
115, 667, 777
Planted
2001
Yield
3.5 tons per acre
Soil
Sandy loam, Goldridge
Climate
Cool with consistent morning fog during the ripening season
Cooperage
Taransaud, François Frères, Latour, Ramond
pH
3.58
Acid
6.1 grams per liter
Alcohol
14.1%
Production
Strictly limited production. Only 300 cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
enjoy this wine now through 2020

2012
Cummings Vineyard
Pinot Noir