2021 Pinot Noir

BLEND | 100% Pinot Noir

VINEYARDS | The 2021 vintage of Valravn Pinot Noir is primarily Sonoma Coast fruit, much of which is declassified barrels from our Marine Layer program. Grapes from the Sonoma Coast AVA account for half the blend, with the balance Russian River (40%) and Sonoma Mountain (10%).

WINEMAKING | Hand-sorted grapes undergo a cold soak in the cellar, followed by primary fermentation with 20% whole clusters in small open-top stainless steel tanks. Following primary, the wine transferred to a blend of French oak, including Fran├žois Freres, Remond, and Rousseau barrels, about 20% of which are new, for eleven months malolactic and aging.

TASTING NOTES | The 2021 Valravn Pinot Noir is a juicy, complex wine with rich raspberry compote, clove, and cedar spice scents. The Sonoma Coast parcels show the typical crunchy red fruits, while the Russian River fruit gives the briary bramble, all accented with spice from the whole cluster components. An unctuous palate weight balances flavors of framboise and wild berries. The wine has excellent complexity and plays in a category far above its modest price point.