2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Estate Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
While on a recent scouting trip through the Russian River Valley, Agent Red made it his mission to locate a wine that could go toe to toe with wines from the prestigious Williams-Selyem and J Rochioli Vineyards wineries. His mission was accomplished when he visited their nearest neighbors, HKG Wines, (formerly Hop Kiln Winery). Their 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was the gem of his scouting trip and Red secured as many cases as he could for our Pinot-loving Operatives.
Today’s wine is exceptionally soft and well balanced, and drinks well above its price class. At under $25, you simply won’t find a better Pinot for the price.
Check out this video from winemaker Chuck Mansfield:
Dark burgundy, with flecks of ruby red in the center of the glass, slowly transitioning to lighter fringe.
Aromatic notes of blackberry and red currant mingle with cherry wood, dark baking spices, fresh pipe tobacco, soft leather, and a touch of black peppercorn.
Very elegant on the palate, with fresh fruit flavors of sweet plum, black cherry, and boysenberry laid overtop espresso bean, cassis, toasted oak, hints of sandalwood and lavender, and just a touch of herbal black tea.
Soft and quite lovely in the glass, with incredibly well balanced flavors and a ‘pop’ of acidity.
Grilled wild salmon with a fresh mushroom balsamic vinaigrette.
What the Winery Says
- Chuck Mansfield
- Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 10 months in 50% new French oak