Valravn 2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Ample sun and a nearly ideal growing season made 2018 one of the best vintages that we’ve seen in our 10 years. Lush dark cherry, ripe strawberry, and hints of rose petals dominate the ultra-fragrant nose. The palate shows the weight of the Russian River component, with rich fruit compote and hints of cedar spice, while the Sebastopol fruit shows beautiful elegance and mineral cut. An extraordinarily well-rounded wine with something for everyone.
Valravn Pinot Noir is an exploration of Sonoma County, anchored in the Russian River Valley. Vineyards span at far NORTH as Annapolis, EAST as Sonoma Mountain, WEST as Freestone, SOUTH as Petaluma Gap. Noteable vineyards include Starscape (Middle Reach - Russian River AVA), Bohemian (Green Valley - Russian River AVA), Cleary Ranch (Freestone-Occidental - Russian River AVA), Sunnyslope (Bennett Valley AVA), Gap’s Crown (Petaluma Gap - Sonoma Coast AVA), and Durell (Los Carneros - Sonoma Coast AVA). In the cellar, hand-sorted grapes undergo cold soak followed by primary fermentation in small open-top stainless steel tanks. Following primary, the wine was transferred to a blend of 20% new Cavin, François Freres, Remond, Fouailly and Tremeaux barrels for 12 months malolactic and aging.