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Grower and native West Sonoma County resident Earl Stephens planted this vineyard in conjunction with our vineyard manager, Charlie Chenoweth, in 1999. The property features extremely steep slopes and the well-drained Goldridge soil that this corner of the Russian River Valley is known for. Charlie and Earl have
become intimately familiar with the details (and quirks) of this vineyard and have it truly fine-tuned as a top quality pinot property.

The fruit is sourced from a cross section of the various clones planted on this ranch to increase overall complexity. Aging occurred for 12 months in French oak barrels, with 40% being new, the remainder being 1-2 year old barrels.

The 2011 Stephens Vineyard pinot noir boasts expansive aromas of tart raspberry and green tea. On the palate, flavors of holiday spice and ripe Bing cherry prevail. Expect this luscious pinot to improve for the next 6-7 years.

Appellation
Russian River Valley
Varietal
100% Pinot Noir
Clones
Pommard, 115, 667, 777
Planted
1999
Yield
1.5-2.5 tons per acre
Soil
Goldridge
Climate
relatively cool, consistent fog during the ripening season
Cooperage
100% French oak, 40% new, blend of Tonnellerie
pH
3.61
Acid
5.9
Alcohol
14.3%
Production
only 225 cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
enjoy now through 2020

2011
Stephens Vineyard
Pinot Noir