A classic, leaner styled Pinot noir with flavors of tea leaves, cedar and cigar box predominating over the fruit components of red raspberry and black berry. A touch of minerality integrates the wine beautifully.
93 pts, PinotReport: "deep, elegant earthy cherry flavors with complex forest floor and tea notes ... subtle and elegant"
1 puff, Connoisseurs' Guide: "nicely ripened, fresh, red-cherry fruit is overlain in the nose by wispy touches of nutmeg and toast"
Leras Vineyard is owned and farmed by Nick Leras whose family members are pioneer grape growers in the Russian River Valley, having farmed winegrapes in this area since 1918. Nick personally tends to his grapes and performs all aspects of grape growing including vine propagation and field budding. The vineyard is planted to the heritage Martini clone and has been slowly brought to maturity. The vineyard is dry farmed and the trellising is a modified Scott Henry system which provides excellent balance to these vines grown in richer, low lying soils.
After sorting, the grapes were gently destemmed into small, custom designed open top fermenters and kept below 50°F for a five day cold soak. Tanks were then individually warmed to allow fermentation to take place in a timely manner followed by cooling, as needed, to maintain temperatures below 85°F. Thrice daily pneumatic punch downs took place during the cold soak and fermentation. Once dry, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press keeping free run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation
took place in oak barrels.