MC:?Well when I first got into the wine business and started tasting Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley appellation specifically, they tended to lean on being a little bit more kind of rich and ripe on the palate, a little more full, you know. So, I think that?s maybe an initial kind of perception of the Russian River in a lot of ways. Although, I will say that one really fun part of me being a sommelier here is to get to discover the diversity on offer within the Russian River Valley. Specifically, you can break down into the different areas of the Russian River that tend to have certain stylistic threads on the palate. And then also, you know, another way of looking at things is to kind of pursue your favorite winemaker as the, you know, decision?of when to pick, how to treat the wines in the cellar?can make a real difference in leaning towards more of a bright style, more rich style, or whatever else.
Chappellet Grower Collection Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2017 750 ML
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This vineyard-designate wine offers an inviting array of white pepper, cardamom and rose petal. Layered in complex, interwoven tannins and oak, it has tension and freshness in abundance, with deft flavors of stone, plum and dark cherry.?VIRGINIE BOONE