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Bravium Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018

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SKU: 843280118
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
Harvest Date
August 29 and 30, September 6, 14 and 22, 2018
6.2 g/L
11 months in French and Hungarian oak (33% New)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A classic coastal Pinot Noir from the far reaches of Mendocino, this elegant wine offers a vivacious and exotic presentation with aromas of strawberry rhubarb, rose petal, raspberry, wild berry, crushed rock, wood smoke and red cherry. A soft entry and plush palate deliver berry patch flavors, balanced by orange peel notes, with a chalky, mineral-driven finish. Bright acidity, fine-grained tannin, and classic Anderson Valley finesse combine to create a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that, while enjoyable in its youth, possesses impressive aging potential.
Score: 91 Points “Derek Rohlffs’ 2018 Anderson Valley pinot noir comes in at 13.2 percent octane and is nicely light on its feet, though still properly structured out of the blocks and hoping for a bit of time alone in the cellar to blossom more fully. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a refined mix of bitter cherry, pomegranate, woodsmoke, a bit of Mendocino herb tones, a good base of soil and a whisper of oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and nicely deep at the core, with well-measured tannins, good balance and grip and a long, youthfully complex finish. This is certainly approachable today, but it is still a puppy and it will be a more complete glass of pinot with a few years’ worth of bottle age. 2024-2050+.” – John Gilman
Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points : This elegant, tasty, medium-bodied wine offers a flinty but jammy aroma, a light, smooth texture, and plenty of plump cherry and strawberry flavors. It shows a good, appetizing balance and persistent, layered fruit and barking spices - Jim Gordon
Vineyard Notes
We carefully select our Pinot Noir grapes from three vineyards in Anderson Valley: Donnelly Creek, Ridge at Valley Foothills, and Wiley, in the famed “Deep End”, the westernmost portion of the valley. Donnelly Creek Vineyard, a beautiful 80-acre site, rests in a slightly warmer part of the appellation, translating to relatively riper fruit. Ridge Vineyard, a family-owned site, gives us 30 year-old Jackson clone Pinot Noir with exceptional flavor. The historic Wiley Vineyard is a true cool-climate site, resting on benchlands just ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard is renowned for its bucolic setting and pristine fruit that is an appellation benchmark.
Production Notes
The 2018 growing season in Anderson Valley was characterized by early rain and bud break, moderate summertime temperatures, and early harvest. We always start harvest in Donnelly Creek Vineyard, given its close proximity to Boonville, and 2016 was no exception. Though temps crept up in late August, we allowed the grapes the time they needed to ripen before our first pick on August 29. A week later, we harvested Ridge at Valley Foothills on my birthday, September 6th [and what a way to celebrate, night picking grapes and trucking them into the winery as the sun rose!] We then got a bit of a break before bringing the precious Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir into the winery.
Winemaker Notes
From the far reaches of Mendocino, this elegant wine is pure and suave. Ruby red color with aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, rose petal, raspberry, wild berry, woodsmoke, damp soil, pine, and red cherry. A soft, juicy entry delivers concentrated berry patch flavors, balanced by sappy and savory whole cluster-derived notes, with medium acidity and a supple, mineral-driven undertone. Fine-grained tannins join spice notes on the creamy, beautifully layered mid-palate. This balanced Pinot Noir has a great core of red fruit, stellar focus, just enough grip, and a complex finish.
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