Steve wants world class, pure and simple. With the help of friends, and with his winemaker being Thomas Brown (who also makes the wine at Pulido-Walker, Maybach, Outpost, and Schrader), the Riverain wines are truly on their way to stun the wine world!
After a successful inaugural first vintage, Riverain's 2019 Silver Eagle "Generations Pinot Noir" builds upon a great foundation laid by their 2019. This wine is a true testament to Thomas' non-interventionist style that allows the vintage to shine through first and foremost. The mild and even weather in 2019, along with the cool Occidental site, allowed for extended hang time. Picked at a moderate 23.4 Brix on September 19, the vineyard is meticulously farmed and all of the fruit arrived in perfect condition. Fermentation with 30% whole cluster made for a beautifully perfumed, aromatic Pinot Noir.
Offering scents of Christmas spice, cherry, cranberry and some forest floor, the wine's balance really shines through to a long detailed finish. More Burgundian than the 2018, this has the ethereal quality we love in Pinot Noir.