This is a classic Russian River Pinot Noir with complex aromas of earth and fruit. Bright flavors of cranberry and black cherry combine with porcini mushroom and cream cola. The firm grip of tannins lends a brooding rustic note to the wine.
Mossback Pinot Noir is a blend of Russian River Valley fruit from growers that Winemaker Dan Cederquist has worked with for many years. This could be called Danís Farmerís Market blend; the best grapes purchased from the best farmers from Danís many years of winemaking experience in the Russian River.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes were hand harvested in 1/2 ton bins. Part of the lots were destemmed into small fermenters where the must was chilled to 45 į F for 72 hours for its ďcold soakĒ to enhance the pretty berry and cherry aromas. The tanks were allowed to warm naturally and slowly to activate native fermentation. Once started, the tanks were pumped over several times a day to extract all the richness from the juice without any bitter or astringent qualities. The remaining lots were destemmed into small open top fermenters and punched down daily, by hand, to extract deep color and flavors from the grapes. Both lots were pressed off at dryness and then aged in French oak barrels for nine months. The final blend contains a small percentage of petit verdot to enhance richness and structure.
|This is the perfect wine to sip while stirring a rich and creamy mushroom risotto.