Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley
Vineyards and clones: Floodgate (Martini clone 13, Dijon clones 667, 777), Rochioli (Pommard clone 4), Allen (Dijon clone 777), Starr Ridge (Dijon clones 115, 777), Hallberg (Cruz clone and Dijon 828). Harvest done during the night and cold fruit processed early AM, in temperature-controlled winery, hand sorted prior to stem removal and then again after stem removal. Fermented for 9 to 11 days in small open tops tanks, cold soak for 3 to 5 days, wild and cultured yeasts, 3 punch downs daily. Aged for 10 months in 100% French oak barrels (Francois Freres, Rousseau), 40% new, 60% one and two year old barrels. 13.8% alcohol. Production: 2195 cases. Alluring scents of lavender and deep dark berry, exotic, rich flavors that mirror aromas but are enriched by accents of sandalwood, clove and black pepper. Wonderfully integrated tannins complement its structure which is mouth-filling and firm. The incredibly appealing finish is balanced, refreshing, succulent and long. A great cellaring candidate and arguably the finest Russian River Selection Pinot Noir produced to date by Alysian.
About the Producer
The Hambrecht family has been in the California wine business for over 35 years, partnering with esteemed brands like Ridge, Chalone, and Truett Hurst. Bill Hambrecht was among the first visionary business owners to open a winery on Healdsburg’s picturesque Westside Road in 1982. Belvedere Winery marked the beginning of what would become a family tradition and commitment to producing wines of the utmost quality. It’s this commitment to excellence that led to Alysian Wines. "Alysian" (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution.
Sourced from veteran growers and off-the-beaten-path vineyards in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Humboldt County and as far north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alysian’s multiple award-winning wines strike a delicate balance with flavor profiles that delight both connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
A note on the labels: Each label features hand illustrated flora by San Francisco based artist and Woody's good friend, Bryson Gill. These illustrations correlate to their specific wine, whether it be a flower commonly found on the Elk Prairie Vineyard, a Redwood tree in the Russian River Valley, or a Honeysuckle flower which is a note evident in the Viognier. In addition to these illustrations, each bottle is individually numbered, with the number shown on the front label. The font is taken from a Ben Franklin letter press making it an "original" American font. The labels are printed locally on a recycled paper stock. There is no capsule, to save on waste.
Woody Hambrecht's helpers, Lily and Rosemary