A perennial favorite, the Eastside Road Neighbors highlights the darker flavor profile of the Russian River Valley. Black fruits and plums mix with notes of Chinese five spice […]Read More
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A perennial favorite, the Eastside Road Neighbors highlights the darker flavor profile of the Russian River Valley. Black fruits and plums mix with notes of Chinese five spice and violets. Tangerine adds a liveliness and gives focus to the nose. In the mouth, the wine is generous and offers dark cherry flavors enveloped in a nice core of loamy, mineral-driven textures. The tannins are substantial in this wine but highly polished and approachable.
It was an auspicious start to the 2017 growing season with steady rain followed by dry spells which allowed for the soil profile to fill up progressively. The waterworks kicked into high gear in January at which point over 20 inches of rain had accumulated. That’s nearly double the historical average. 2017 was epic in many respects and at one point the Russian River waters touched Westside Road and the winery was waterfront property! As the waters receded and the soil dried up, temperatures moderated, and bud break ensued by mid-March. Steady rain through the vegetative cycle was balanced with days of brilliant sunshine which helped to grow green, healthy plants. The weather was very fine in May for the flowering period and ideal for the fruit set. As the season progressed there were periods of heat that occurred with some regularity. With plenty of water in the soil profile, the plants did not stress too much and physiological maturity continued at an accelerated pace. Due to the diversity in our vineyard sources, there is normally a natural spread in the pick dates. However, in 2017 there was compression of the harvest and many of the vineyards were ready in a short period of time. The process was nearly complete by the time the intense Labor Day heat wave hit and, thankfully, had concluded before the devastating wildfires in October. Through a Herculean effort in the vineyards and at the winery we were able to pick the grapes at the optimal time and preserve the freshness and acidity of the vintage. The consequent wines show a refinement to the tannin structure which will allow for early consumption but will age gracefully with mid-term cellaring. Through and through, the 2017 is an excellent vintage.
Reviews & Scores
The 2017 Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors is wonderfully deep and expressive, with striking tonalities of ripe dark red/purplish fruit, spice, leather and earthiness. In this range, the Eastside Road Neighbors is distinguished by its baritone voice and resonance, all delivered in a highly appealing, mid-weight style. This plump, juicy Pinot offers considerable near and medium term appeal. A.G.
This is loaded with lusciously spiced and broad-textured flavors of cherry, plum tart and dried fig that resonate with lithe minerality. Complex, featuring an elegant finish that is rich and filled with light chocolate mousse overtones. Drink now through 2026. 1,289 cases made. –KM