The fruit is hand harvested and whole-berry destemmed into small open top fermenters. After a four day cold soak, and a ten day fermentation, the wine is pressed to French oak barrels for aging. The wine was sur-lie aged, with no racking until bottling.
Rural Pinot Noir is grown in the remote Eagle Peak, Mendocino County AVA. This mountainous winegrowing area based at the headwaters of the Russian River with elevations ranging from 1000-3000 feet. The vineyards are farmed on hillsides, not valleys, and Pinot Noir thrives here.
Wine Enthusiast Review:
This fresh and appealing wine offers exuberant cherry and strawberry flavors that are nicely concentrated, along with a very smooth, mouthfilling texture and just a touch of tannin for grip. -J.G.