92PTS
Wine Enthusiast

2021 Nunes Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
mobile image
MEMBER PRICE
Sold Out

About this Wine

Displaying a garnet hue with magenta color on the edges, this wine is medium density and offers alluring aromas of cherry cordial and clove.

Perfect Winter Pinot

92 Points

“This well-concentrated but light-bodied and nicely grippy wine offers black tea, black cherries, rhubarb and raspberry flavors on an appropriately firm texture of good acidity and moderate tannins. Not a cocktail hour wine but something elegant to serve at dinner.”
Jim Gordon
Wine Enthusiast, June/July 2023
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
Arrow down
Accolades
Accolades
Arrow down
Winemaking
Winemaking
arrow down
Vintage
Vintage
Arrow down
Vineyard
Vineyard
Arrow down
Tech. Notes
Tech. Notes
Arrow down
additional notes
Tasting Notes

Displaying an alluring garnet hue with magenta edges, this medium-bodied wine reveals aromas of cherry cordial and clove. The entry is bright and full of energy, creating a mouth-watering presence that marries with the fine-grained tannins to lift the black cherry and coffee flavors before concluding with a long, velvety finish.

Accolades
  • 92 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast - June/July 2023
  • “This well-concentrated but light-bodied and nicely grippy wine offers black tea, black cherries, rhubarb and raspberry flavors on an appropriately firm texture of good acidity and moderate tannins. Not a cocktail hour wine but something elegant to serve at dinner.”

Winemaking

The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were gently managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. The wine was aged for 10 months exclusively French oak barrels, 36% of which were new, with the remaining being neutral oak. The wine was bottled on July 26, 2022

Vintage

The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. We were able to hand-harvest the grapes exactly when we wished in the cool evening hours of September 3, 2021.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from Nunes Vineyard located in the Santa Rosa Plains neighborhood of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is owned by Fred and Wendy Nunes, and the property has been in Fred’s family since the 1950s. The vineyard is on an alluvial bench just east of Highway 101, and it has an array of soil types. Wendy likes to describe it as a “Marble Cake,” of soils that run through the property. It is planted to a number of different clones that we picked as a field blend of clones 667, 777, and 115.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 12.8%
  • cases made:

    556 Cases

  • bottling date: 07/26/2022
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 36% new

  • fermentation:

    Gently destemmed into open-top fermenters; three-day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

additional notes
Arrow
Arrow
membership
Save 15-20% on Wine.join us

Enjoy exclusive 15-20% member pricing, invitations to exclusive onsite and virtual events, plus complimentary tastings at our stunning MacRostie Estate House.

Become A Member Arrow