The Russian River Valley is renowned for this varietal. There, ample sunshine is moderated throughout the months of summer by a near-daily “onshore flow” of cool marine air. This leads to a more gradual ripening of the grapes, and a long, temperate growing season. This Pinot has that lovely Russian River character: framboise aromatics, cherry/raspberry fruit, and a bit of sweet spice on the finish. It would be equally at home with beef bourguignon, a nicely-grilled wild salmon filet, or a wild mushroom ragout.