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DRNK Wines 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

92 Points
James Suckling
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Mission Codename 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.”

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DRNK Wines 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml Wine Label
DRNK Wines 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml Wine Label
dryness
acidity
tannin
body
fruit
Look

Limpid ruby with a candy apple red glow on the brilliant wide rim

Smell

Stacked with layers of fruit - dark cherries, cassis, juicy crushed raspberry, baking spices, orange peel, forest floor

Taste

More of the nose but more intense on the raspberries, pomegranate, cranberry, marzipan, and dried mushrooms too

Finish

Long, bold, lush, and ripe, just how you like those Russian River Pinots. . .

Pairing

Immensely drinkable, and a total crowd-pleaser that would make a great cut of salmon even greater

What the Winery Says 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

DRNK Wines
DRNK Wines
Winemaker
Ryan Knude
Varietal
100% Pinot Noir
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyards
Widdoes (45%), Baron (30%), Perry (17%), and Hallberg (8%) Vineyards
Alcohol
14.3%
Total acidity
5.78 g/L
pH
3.64
Bottling date
August 4, 2017
Aging
11 months
Barrels
30% new French oak

About the Winery DRNK Wines

DRNK Wines Winemaker Ryan Knude
DRNK Wines Winemaker Ryan Knude
DRNK Wines 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Mar 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm
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Price Redacted
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DRNK Wines 2016 'Cavers Cuvée' Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Mar 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$55.00
Elsewhere