This Pinot Noir comes from a very special 10-acre farm owned by Gloria and André Frère. The grapes were planted and nurtured by Mexican badass vintner/Russian River specialist Ulises Valdez and are currently farmed to almost microscopic yields. As a result, this is one of the more expensive Pinot Noir grapes in the appellation. Peter Paul secured a contract for exactly two years after which, Frere Pinot will be no more.
Fermentation was preceded by a six-day cold soak, after which the natural yeast gently began the process of transforming the juice into wine. We used small, open-top fermenters and gently punched down the cap multiple times each day. The free-run wine was drained directly to barrels and kept separate from the basket press fraction. We aged the wine in Boutes French oak barrels, selecting medium-toast barrels to highlight the prominent flavor elements in the wine. This Pinot Noir was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A deeper-than average ruby color introduces bright aromas of a fresh red berry medley: strawberry, dark cherry & red plum, along with sassafras and forest floor filling the glass. Smooth, lush tannins circulate with ripe fruit flavors carry through to the finish, highlighted by a cola spice and mineral element. Should drink now & evolve over the next 4 - 6 years.