2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Widdoes, Baron, Perry & Hallberg Vineyards
California: Sonoma County: Green Valley of Russian River Valley
The fear of missing out
Let’s get ready to RUUUUMMMBLE!!!
It’s still early in 2021 but this is most certainly a front-runner for Pinot deal of the year.
It’s also Friday, and we’re in LOVE…
We’ll go toe-to-toe with all the other wine slangers out there today. Good luck finding a better Pinot under $20 ANYWHERE. The current 2017 vintage goes for $75. Best deal on this 2016 is $55 from the winery library. How about a cool $19 for you? That’s 65% off for you math encumbered folks.
Did we mention the glowing reviews they’ve been amassing lately? Like the 92 on this?
DRNK is a glorious first for Wine Spies! You won’t find this in your big box wine store, no way. Our Sonoma connections run deep, baby. It’s a small family run operation started by winemaker Ryan Kunde with his wife Katie and her parents. Together their initials spell DRNK - hence the name. Ryan is a die-hard RRV guy who tends to each block in his vineyards with insane detail - even using drones to key in on certain blocks to look for potential canopy problems or variability.
If you bought the Two Sisters, or any of the Eric Kent Pinots, you MUST add this one to your stash. Very similar style - bold, lush, and ripe, just how you like those Russian River Pinots. Stacked with layers of fruit - dark cherries, cassis, juicy crushed raspberry, baking spices, a touch of orange peel, and a kiss of forest floor. Immensely drinkable, and a total crowd-pleaser.
The 4 vineyards handpicked for this Reserve Cuvée are choice sources of top-notch Russian River Valley fruit right from the heart of the coolest sector within, Green Valley. They include Widdoes, owned and farmed by the famous Dutton clan and heralded by the likes of Andy Smith (of DuMOL), Kirk Venge (of Bacio Divino) and Sean Capiaux (ex- Peter Michael) and Hallberg (Gary Farrell and Etude come to mind) as the two standouts that make up the core. We’re talking the upper echelon of RRV here.
Here’s a fun fact - we bought more of this wine than any other previous offer. EVER. It’s that good. So there should be enough to go around but with a growing number of thirsty Operatives, no guarantees. Our advice - grab a case or two. As your bottles dwindle and the inevitable FOMO creeps in, you’ll wish you had more!
92 Points – James Suckling
“A light and bright array of ripe strawberries and a smoothly delivered palate that has immediate appeal, offering bright strawberries and wild cherries with very approachable style. Drink now.”
Limpid ruby with a candy apple red glow on the brilliant wide rim
Stacked with layers of fruit - dark cherries, cassis, juicy crushed raspberry, baking spices, orange peel, forest floor
More of the nose but more intense on the raspberries, pomegranate, cranberry, marzipan, and dried mushrooms too
Long, bold, lush, and ripe, just how you like those Russian River Pinots. . .
Immensely drinkable, and a total crowd-pleaser that would make a great cut of salmon even greater
What the Winery Says
- Ryan Knude
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Green Valley of Russian River Valley
- Widdoes (45%), Baron (30%), Perry (17%), and Hallberg (8%) Vineyards
- Total acidity
- 5.78 g/L
- Bottling date
- August 4, 2017
- 11 months
- 30% new French oak