2018 Mueller Pinot Noir, "Hogan's Run", Russian River Valley

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Bob's Notes:

Named for Fred and Susie’s beloved black Labrador retriever, Hogan, this 6-acre, hillside, Russian River Valley vineyard has an optimal south-facing orientation in the perfect terroir for producing ultra-premium wine grapes. Susie & Fred Sedlacek migrated North from the San Francisco peninsula in 2010 and found themselves settling close to a favorite winery and winemaker. . . .Mueller. What more could they dream of than growing the perfect grapes for Bob? 

Vineyard owners Susie and Fred Sedlacek provided Bob with first pick of the vineyard orientation, rows and clones to work his magic. Bob uses the western-most rows of the vineyard consisting of clone 667 on the highest slope.  Since purchasing the vineyard, Susie & Fred have insisted on high-touch vineyard management practices and have thinned vines to reduce crop yield as they continue to pursue the highest quality, providing only the best fruit to produce this heavenly portion.

Deep, ruby red in color with luscious cherry and raspberry aromas, this wine invites a first sip. Richly textured, it floods the senses with red fruit flavors and brisk acidity inviting another taste. Rich and full, yet velvety soft on the palate, it features soft tannins and a palate full of flavor. The perfect amount of spicy French oak adds complexity to the long, rich finish.  Hogan’s Run 2018 Pinot Noir is hard to resist now, but will age nicely for an additional 5 or more years! Enjoy as a wonderful accompaniment to salmon and rich pasta dishes.