Cirq. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018
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|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
The 2018 growing season was special as it commemorates our first vintage from CIRQ’s new home in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It was an ideal growing season in many ways, with beautiful growing conditions. Spring was cooler than recent vintages which led to a longer bloom with consistently good fruit set and generous yields. Summer brought moderate temperatures with chilled foggy mornings and much fewer heat spikes allowing for even and extended ripening time. We delicately picked in multiple passes as we typically do to create as many small lots as possible. The resulting wine is an elegant expression of our own backyard, with refined intensity and finesse. As usual, we focus our attention on Mother Nature and what she brings. A powerful force indeed, and something we cherish.
The 2018 Pinot Noir sports a medium ruby, plum, almost opaque hue as well as a killer bouquet of ripe black raspberries, redcurrants, roasted herbs, loamy earth, and sandalwood. Rich, almost full-bodied, and beautifully textured, with silky, polished tannins, this is another rock star of a Pinot Noir from Michael Browne that will deliver the goods over the coming 7-8 years, probably longer, although I have no idea why you would delay gratification!
The rich core of well-structured dark cherry and red berry flavors show vibrant minerality and savoriness, with fine-grained spiciness midpalate. Ends with a pure-tasting finish that lingers with underbrush notes.