2018 Black Road Pinot Noir

2018 Black Road Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

750 ML - $58.00

Black Road Vineyard is the perfect illustration of Jim Pratts 30-plus years of
winegrowing. He has planted some of the most gorgeous and expressive vineyards in Russian River Valley by purposefully matching clones to their unique microclimates. At Black Road Vineyard, the Dijon Clones are a winning combination. Clone 114 is soft and forward with a lovely texture and Clone 115 contributes aromatics and structure for good cellaring potential.

A most alluring aubergine color is the first sense you encounter with this wine. The
Dijon 115 clone gives a light perfume aroma. The fruit flavors are in the dark fruit
category (less red/blue) think blackberry, boysenberry. A hint of root beer makes you smile as you sip. Full-bodied, theres a slight minerality that reflects the Russian River Valley terroir. This Pinot Noir is pleasantly youthful with fine-grained tannins and will continue to develop for the next 3-5 years (2024-2026). Thinking of what to pair it with besides a good book? Try minestrone soup, braised short ribs, duck (or chicken) pâté, portobello mushroom lasagna, or barbecued pork with a chimichurri sauce.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast

100% Pinot Noir | 64% Clone 114, 36% Clone 115

Fermentation: all native primary and secondary ferments, matured in barrel, 25% new oak (4 out 15 barrels)

Alc. 13.9% | 214 cases produced

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