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2014 Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir

2014 Stiling Vineyard

Pinot Noir

RUSSIAN RIVERsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $46.80
RETAIL: $52.00


Tasting Notes

Looking back at 12 consecutive vintages from Stiling Vineyard, we find it both inspiring in its consistency and daunting in terms of trying to write something fresh and new. This is where it all started for EK and it remains close to our hearts for so many reasons, both professional and personal.

The warm, dry 2014 growing season provided us with ripe, top-notch quality fruit from Stiling yet again. Even more sumptuous and lavishly textured than 2013, the finished wine surprised us with a fresher acid and greater abundance of lifted red-fruits, particularly on the nose. A boldly flavored and richly proportioned Russian River Pinot Noir, bolstered by a judicious yet goodly amount of the very best new French oak, the strawberry and red cherry perfume folds into darker, blacker fruited flavors. Black cherry and dark plum are front and center, accented by the classic Stiling signature of cola nut and sweet baking spices on the finish.

Long story short, the 2014 Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir turned out exactly how we hoped it would, perhaps even better. A fantastic example of both power and finesse – just as a great Russian River Valley Pinot should be!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: mid-2017 through 2020
Graceful ageability: 2021+

VINEYARDS

95% Stiling, 5% Roberts Road

CLONES

93% Old Swan, 5% 777, 2% 115

STATS

pH: 3.78  |  TA: 5.7 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: November 24, 2015  |  Release: Fall 2016
Cases Produced: 459

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