Working alongside renowned Vineyard Manager Charlie Chenoweth, grower Bruce Cummings has taken a traditional approach to farming his pinot noir vineyard. Their hard work and hands-on farming techniques have made this unassuming property an acclaimed source of cool-climate pinot noir. The vineyard's ideal Goldridge soils and three clones contribute to the nuanced complexity of our Cummings pinot.
With its firm acidity, excellent structure, and mouthfilling flavors, Winemaker Michael Zardo felt that this wine could handle a slightly higher percentage of new French oak (50%) during its twelve months of barrel aging.
Boasting a near-perfect tannin/acid balance, this is a spicy, richly textured take on Russian River Valley pinot noir. The nose offers enticing aromas of ripe plum and cinnamon, while the palate showcases flavors of blackberry, spice and vanilla, all underscored by fine, seamless tannins and fresh acidity.
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley VARIETAL: 100% Pinot Noir CLONES: 115, 667, 777 PLANTED: 2001 YIELD: 2.5 tons per acre SOIL: Sandy loam/Goldridge CLIMATE: Cool, with consistent morning fog during the ripening season COOPERAGE: 100% French oak: 50% new, blend of Tonnellerie PH: 3.65 ACID: 0.6 ALCOHOL: 14.2% PRODUCTION: Strictly limited production, only 200 cases produced CELLAR RECOMMENDATION: Enjoy this wine from 2012-2019