2017 La Follette Pinot Noir Black Road Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 92+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

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"Medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir Black Road Vineyard opens with some rubbery reductive aromas giving way with aeration to warm red cherries, blackberries and blueberries with suggestions of dusty earth, woodsmoke, dried leaves and potpourri. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied with concentrated layers of fruit and spice, great juicy acidity, structuring grainy tannins and a long, nuanced finish. 365 cases produced." (WA)

"Candied cherries, earl grey tea, flowers, and plenty of pine and forest floor notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Black Road Vineyard. It’s another quality, elegant, yet tight and backward wine from this team that’s going to improve with short term cellaring." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Likely no one has cultivated more Russian River Valley vineyards than Jim Pratt, who built his reputation by perfectly matching Pinot Noir clones to site. Split equally between plantings of clone 114 and 115, this vineyard represents the culmination of his over 30 year winegrowing career. Clone 114 is soft and forward with a lovely texture and Clone 115 contributes aromatics and structure for good cellaring potential; these Dijon Clones are a winning combination. La Follette is the exclusive producer of this single-vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2017 Black Road Pinot Noir is the debut vintage.

Aromas of raspberry, musk, and cocoa with earthy complexity. Juicy red currant entry leads to a fine structure of wet-stone minerality and firm, age-worthy tannins. A burst of late-palate acidity refreshes the palate before a rich, perfumed finish. True to its region, this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir offers layered aromatics and a core of red fruit.