Russian River Valley is known for world-class production of Pinot Noir. The grapes were sourced from the heart of the Russian River Valley, off Westside Road. The vineyard offers unique soils and microclimates which are conducive to growing exceptional Pinot Noir. During the summer, fog rolls in and out of the region cooling the grapes each night. This helps the grapes to mature steadily and perfectly, developing great flavors and aromas. The 2009 growing season began with a dry spring followed by a temperate summer. The vintage had low yields but produced an exceptional crop.
THE VINIFICATION: The Pinot Noir grapes for the inaugural Kilter Wine were hand-harvested at first light in early September. The fruit was hand-sorted then destemmed. Once in the tank, the must was chilled to 50 degrees and allowed to cold soak for 5 days. Once the native yeast takes off and fermentation begins, punch downs were performed by hand two to three times each day, and the temperature allowed to rise. The wine was aged for 11 months in 33% 1 year old French oak barrels and 66% netural French oak barrels prior to bottling in August 2010
Tasting & Pairing Notes
This refreshing, fruity Pinot Noir has notes of assorted berries with a hint of fresh forest floor. This wine is versatile on the table and can be served with a wide range of foods, from lean cuts of beef to all cooking styles of pork, chicken, and lamb. It also goes well with salmon entrees and salads.