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Notes of cranberry, plum, and berry mix with notes of dried flowers, and add a delicacy to this otherwise brooding wine. Sourced from various blocks on chalky limestone […]Read More
|Barrel Description||6% new, 4% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
Notes of cranberry, plum, and berry mix with notes of dried flowers, and add a delicacy to this otherwise brooding wine. Sourced from various blocks on chalky limestone hillsides, there is a signature flinty quality both on the nose and in the mouth. The Vista Verde offers a softly textured palate of plum and berry flavors. The acid is seamlessly integrated and provides structure all the way to the delicate, mineral-driven finish.
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.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Vista Verde Vineyard is understated, polished and classy. Although not the most overt wine in this range, the Vista Verde has a purity to its fruit that is simply fabulous. Dark red and purplish berries, hard candy, spice and wild flowers infuse this succulent yet mid-weight Pinot full of immediacy and appeal. A.G.
Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, red cherry, raspberry, and cranberry fruit aroma with hints of dried flowers and forest floor; medium to medium-full body; rich, fleshy, red fruit flavors that are elegant and silky in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing to drink now as it developed with airing, or over the next two to four years. Very highly recommended. 90
A reductive, oily oak note at the outset resolves quickly to reveal a bright cherry scent. The flavors are simple but jubilant, a pure red burst of cherry flavor dusted with cinnamon, red toned and bright throughout.
Reviewed by Patrick J. Comiskey.