THE CHARM

2011 PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
250 CASES

My third installment of the Charm is sourced from well-known vineyard manager Ulises Valdez. His eponymous property in the heart of the Russian River Valley is comprised of the famed Goldridge soils. These soils accentuate the bright red fruit elements of Pinot Noir and help the vines retain balanced acidity.

As in the past, The Charm is a blend of multiple clones. This edition contains the 777, Pommard, Calera, and Swan clones. The striking bright red fruit elements of the Swan and 777 clones shine throughout the wine; the dark berry and spice of Pommard builds nuance; and the well-heeled structure of the Calera creates a beauteous frame.

Aged in thirty percent new French oak for fourteen months, with fifteen percent whole cluster inclusion, the Charm is a fruit driven Pinot Noir with subtle spice elements, firm structure, and pleasing balance. 250 cases produced.

MY NOTES
A flashy, garnet color in the glass, the 2011 Charm has an immediate aromatic burst of red fruits. The wine is centered on a panoply of cherry, raspberry, and strawberry surrounded by hints of allspice and cola. Elements of pomegranate, blueberry, and fennel-infused vanilla unfurl with well-integrated tannins. The finish exhibits bright elements of brambly fruit, cinnamon, and sandalwood.

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