2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2018 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Regular price $40.00 Compare at: $100-$150
(price for the same wine under its original label)

896 in stock


98 points from Jeb Dunnuck, who named the 2018 vintage from this winery as the best release to date from this esteemed winemaker.

The most recent two vintages of this wine have scored between 94-96 points from The Wine Advocate and Vinous.

Tasting Notes

The Russian River Valley needs no introduction, for those who know good Pinot Noir, and the 2018 vintage is considered one of the appellation’s best in recent memory. The excellent growing season produced grapes of exceptional balance that yielded a wine resonate with dark and red fruit flavors accented by spicy notes of berry jam and framed by a savory edge of truffle, roasted root vegetables and a hint of bacon. The wine’s enticing aromas of fresh strawberry and other dark fruits are complemented by more savory essences as everything comes together in a long and refreshing mouthfeel that showcases the vintage’s outstanding structure.  

Best paired with: Anything you like. Good pinot is one of the most versatile wines and while I might avoid a very fatty cut of red meat, this would be a great warm-up bottle  while you sear ribeyes in the cast iron. 

The Story

Let's say that it wasn't 2020 and EVERY restaurant in America wasn't shut down, and you were going to a not-to-be-named 2-Michelin starred restaurant. You might then peruse the wine list and ask the Somm for a recommendation and she would tell you about this fantastic small-production Russian River Pinot from a Sonoma winery that is highly acclaimed. She insists it's a steal for $140. 

But we are in 2020 and restaurants were closed for months. Originally destined for restaurants, this wine had no place to go. We made a connection with the owner, tasted the wine, and confirmed the provenance, then made a deal that we could all be happy with.

Wine Stats

Blend: 100% pinot noir 
- AVA: Russian River Valley 
- ABV14.1%  
- Drinking windowThis wine will hold up at least fifteen years, no problem. Open your first bottles in mid-2020

- Comparable price: $100 - $150

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