Textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir with juicy, fresh fruit and berry flavors - think dark cherry, cranberry, blackberry, more cherry. Clove, mocha, blood orange and vanilla accents abound adding complexity. The texture is ripe and plush with a line of acid running through to keep the wine vibrant. The wine is all about focus, electricity, and verve. Fantastic Pinot Noir is hard to come by, and at the $20 price point, it's a downright challenge. However, we're up to the challenge, and we feel that this is one of the best sub $20 Pinot Noirs we've found in years! Valravn is not a new name in our store. We've been carrying their balanced, flavorful Zinfandel for several years, but after tasting this newly-released Pinot Noir from them, our wine staff couldn't wait for the wine to arrive, as they all wanted bottles for themselves!
VALRAVN PIONOT NOIR
After working in Sonoma County for 10 years, the team at Valravn established a dynamic network of friends and colleagues that include land owners, growers and winemakers. Through these connections, they have been fortunate to get exclusive access to fantastic vineyards, the backbone to any quality wine. Their Pinot is an exploration of Sonoma County, anchored in the Russian River Valley. Vineyards span as far north as Annapolis, east as Sonoma Mountain, west as Freestone, and south as Petaluma Gap.
The wine spent 12 months aging in 20% new French oak, and this gorgeous Pinot Noir displays lush dark cherry, ripe strawberry, and hints of rose petals that dominate the ultra-fragrant nose. The palate shows the weight of the Russian River component, with rich fruit compote and hints of cedar spice, while the Sebastopol fruit shows beautiful elegance and mineral cut. An extraordinarily well-rounded wine with something for everyone!