2018 Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
Deep crimson in color with aromas of candied red apples and cherries, redwood forest and sweet baking spice. On the palate, flavors of Montmorceny cherry, plums and blood oranges with delicate savoury notes of cola and Black Forest cake. A rich and silky texture balanced by bright acidity and a quietly intense finish. Pairs well with Duck (confit or roasted), slow roasted braised pork loin or grilled herbed salmon. Open another bottle for dessert with fresh strawberries and cream.
2017 began with high rainfall across most AVAs. Temperature differences with high heat spells in some areas meant irregular ripening times. Extra attention was paid to canopy management and a staggered harvest helped match intense ripeness with good flavor and acidity. A challenging, rewarding vintage in winemaking.