Arrendell Vineyard sits in arguably the coldest spot in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. Each year this old-vine Pinot Noir vineyard, which was planted in 1975, struggles to ripen the one-ton/acre crop of old heirloom Pinot Noir selections by Halloween. The cold meso-climate that results from cool air settling in this low-lying vineyard preserves natural acidity in the grapes and helps preserve the purity expression of the unique, terroir in this wine. Natural acidity and density of distinct flavors that result from these adverse conditions also heightens the potential for extended aging of Arrendell Vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings.

Oak: 100% French oak; 43% new
Time in oak: 15 months
Alcohol: 14.8 %
TA: 6.0 g / L
pH: 3..5
Unfined and unfiltered

2016: 97 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, Oct 2018