2012 Mueller Pinot Noir, "August Recher", Russian River Valley

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92 pts - GOLD MEDAL - "blackberry juice - blueberry hill" May/2015 North Coast Wine Challenge -

"Rich, with a medley of ripe, firm and generous berry flavors, shaded by light dusty earth and cedar notes. The tannins give the flavors traction." JL - Wine Spectator - Jan/2016

2012 Mueller Pinot Noir, "August Recher"

Our 2012 “August Recher” Pinot Noir is produced from two Dijon clones, 667 and 777, as well as clone 2A, all located in Vino Farms vineyard on a well drained site in the “middle reach” of the appellation.   The vineyard is ideally located to feel the full impact of cooling fog which travels up the rivers banks.  Fruit was harvested at night before 5 a.m. and transported to the winery for destemming into our small, two-ton custom designed fermenting tanks.  During fermentation, we punch down the cap by hand several times each day to gently extract the grapes flavors and aromas.  The wine is aged in French oak barrels, of which about 35% are new.