2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Secret Clone
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, Secret clone (Heritage).
Coming from the same vineyard as our other RRV bottlings, Secret Clone is something of an enigma. With no paper trail to pinpoint its origin, all that is known is that original bud wood taken from a vineyard in Kenwood dates back to a long while ago, thus making this one a Heritage clone. Grown alongside Dijon clones in this vineyard Secret clone certainly shows different, thus a separate bottling due to its well defined differences. It is normal and expected for Pinot Noir clones in same vineyard to show differently, but in this case it was that much different, and good. Really well defined and perfumy nose of red fruits, tart cherry, wild berry, some wild strawberry and black tea, the palate is similar with great, plush mouthfeel and long, clean finish. 50% new French oak. Elegance, defined.