The aromas reflect the classic Russian River/Green Valley fruit: dark berries, sassafras, and a hint of orange peel. On the palate the wine has great concentration of flavors but it is supple and silky, with notes of clove and cinnamon plus a trace of peat and forest floor. Perfect balance and roundness that augur a long aging potential. The Vinification The grapes were harvested August 30 - September 13. After minimal crushing, they fermented in stainless steel, with no whole clusters. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels, 33% new, coopered by Remond, Rousseau, Marsannay, Mercurey and Marchive from the forest of Bertranges. The Clones The six clones planted in the vineyard's 30 acres of Pinot Noir yield wines with complex layers of flavors. The blend of clones in this vintage is 22% Swan, 21% Pommard, 21% Cristina 88, 19% Dijon 115, 10% Dijon 667, and 7% Lee.