By Austin Hawley
I am excited about the release of our second vintage of Love Vineyard Pinot Noir. I have no doubt that you will fall in love with it like I have. This 2012 Love Pinot Noir is slightly bolder that our 2011, yet shares the same wonderful ripe berry and cherry cola aromas.
Despite it being a larger harvest in 2012, we were pleased with the quality of fruit. I give credit to Bacchus Vineyard Management and my father-in-law, Glenn Alexander, for doing an exceptional job farming this site. We harvested the vineyard, which was a blend of Dijon clones 115 and 667, over several weeks to ensure each block was picked at its optimal ripeness. It was exciting to watch this wine develop during the 2 years it spent in French Oak barrels. The wine is dark and concentrated with aromas of spicy raspberry and flavors of dark cherry highlighted by vanilla from barrel aging. This wine is tasting exceptional now but will improve over the next three to five years with proper cellaring.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal Composition: Pinot Noir
Harvest Dates: September 17 & 24, 2012
Bottling Date: February 26, 2014
Case Production: 430 cases