Tasting Note The 2017 Le Duc Noir Pinot Noir is a bright garnet in color. Capturing the terroir in the glass, you are greeted with a light, earthy nose. Opening up into notes of currants, bing cherry, bramble and a hint of star anise. On your palate, the bright red notes continue and mingle with red plum, cacao nibs and a touch of spice box. Satiny tanins and balanced acidity dance across your palate leading to a long, elegant finish.
Food Matching Pair with roasted bone marrow or duck, breast with a cherry reduction.
Grape variety Pinot Noir 100%
Climate The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
Geology The geography of the Russian River Valley was shaped millions of years ago by collisions between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and eruptions by volcanic vents that deposited volcanic ash over layers of eroded bedrock. This created sandstone of loam known as "Goldridge soil". Some of the area's most respected Pinot noir and Chardonnay vineyards are planted along deposits of Goldridge soil. Near the town of Sebastopol, a different soil that is more clay based, known as "Sebastopol soil" has also shown itself to work well with Pinot noir due to its ability to retain less water than Goldridge soil. This soil was created by water flowing off the Sonoma Mountains that carried with it clay deposits. A third soil type, found close to the river, is predominately alluvial and makes up the benchland regions of the river.
Harvest hand harvested
Vinification AGEING destemmed and fermented with skin contact, then barrel aged sur lie for 12 months COOPERAGE 100% French oak; 20% new oak
Aging 100% French Oak
Residual sugar 0.3