2012 PINOT NOIR, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
Over the years, Thee Charm has been sourced from a variety of vineyards. However, it has always maintained a pure Russian River Valley essence: red fruits, sweet spice, and evocative structure. The current release maintains this essence and builds upon the strengths of its predecessors. The key to creating a consistent wine with varied vineyard sources is great vineyard management. Luckily, as my vineyard sources have changed I have been able to work with first-class vineyard managers at each stop. These managers, and precise vineyard selections, have allowed me to achieve a reliably pure and layered Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The 2012 Charm is sourced from the Floodgate Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley and managed by a rising star vineyard manager – Chris Walden. Floodgate has the classic Goldridge soils found throughout the Russian River Valley and an excellent selection of Pinot Noir clones. I source the fruit-forward and delicious 667 clone as well as some of the area’s oldest Pinot Noir vines. Floodgate is home to an old-vine Martini selection Pinot Noir planted in 1969. The spicy, structured, and dark berry aspects of the Martini harmonize seamlessly with the 667. One hundred percent Floodgate vineyard, equal parts 667 and Martini clones, aged in thirty percent new French oak for fourteen months, with fifteen percent whole cluster inclusion, The Charm is a red fruit driven and supple Pinot Noir with bright acidity and firm structure. 225 cases produced.
The Charm has a deep garnet color. The aromatics are highlighted by expressive red fruit elements of Bing cherries, ripe strawberries, and cola. A firm and plush mid-palate exhibits undertones of plum, savory herbs, and sarsaparilla. Bright acidity and keen structure define the finish filled with raspberries, anise, and elderberries.