2018 Mueller Pinot Noir, "August Recher", Russian River Valley

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2018 Mueller Pinot Noir, "August Recher", Russian River Valley

Bob's Notes:

August Recher was my maternal grandfather, who lived his life in a small village, Ziefen (population less than 1,000), in Switzerland. August had a small distribution business selling supplies to local farmers, but the majority of his time was spent in his brandy distillery, located near his house on his property in Ziefen. The distillery was filled with fermentation tanks and gleaming solid copper stills which filled the air with the ethereal vapors of cherry, plum, pear, and apple fruit brandies. We thought it only appropriate to honor August by placing his name on one of his grandsons' wines!

Our 2018 "August Recher" Pinot Noir differs from all of the other Mueller pinots in one major respect: it is not based on a Dijon clone of Pinot Noir. Instead it gets its character from a clone known as Wädenswil 2A, which originated in the town of Wädensvil, Switzerland. 2A clone which is used for this wine is planted within sight of the Russian River and is often cooled by summer fog during the growing season.  The grapes develop a deep, dark, almost black skin color and maintain acid for the fresh, fruity character that we love.

Our 2018 "August Recher" Pinot Noir has the intense aromas of blueberry, blackberry, rose and a hint of Concord grape. It posesses a full, generous body with soft, round tannins to enhance the plum and cherry flavors. Crisp acid balance keeps you coming back for another sip.