Soft and supple on the palate, yet brimming with flavors of ripe red berries and fragrant spices.
An intricate blend of Pinot Noir grapes highlighting different regions and microclimates of Northern California.
Directorâ€™s Pinot Noir is blended from several different Russian River Valley vineyards. Some of the parcels give us fruit that offers spice and earth nuances while other vineyards we use produce fruit that has more density and richness. Combined, the wine takes on all of these traits leading to increased complexity. In the cellar, we use open-top fermenters and daily punch downs to extract color and flavor. When fermentation is complete, the wine is aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak.
2016 was a traditional vintage where a cool, wet winter gave way to warm summer days. Harvest unfolded at a slow pace because temperatures went up and down for weeks. This allowed us to wait for optimal ripening and only pick small lots at a time when ready.