2021 Cuvée Number One | Pinot Noir
Evocative & silky Russian River Pinot Noir at its finest.
The Russian River Valley exemplified in a single bottling, this Pinot Noir packs incredibly perfumed notes of macerated dark berries, fresh rhubarb, and baking spice into its deeply ruby hued core. Built upon pillars of vibrant acidity and soft tannins, supple flavors of blackberry tart and Bing cherry lead the way into voluminous, velvety, and distinctly concentrated finish.
Cuvée Number One delicately balances the finest attributes of two distinct areas within the Russian River appellation: Green Valley and Santa Rosa Plain. This cuvée is comprised of small, individual row selections of two Russian River Valley vineyards, each influenced by their own unique relationship with the cool, maritime microclimate of this hallowed AVA. Clusters ripen slowly, allowing them to achieve perfect ripeness, intense aromatics, velvet-like tannins and an array of red fruits. This is a perfect blend between the Wedding and the Martaella Vineyards of clones 115, 667, 777, Calera and Mt Eden.
This classic cuvée began its journey from grape to glass in the pre-dawn hours of September 3rd to the 10th. After hand-sorting and then gentle de-stemming, each precious berry was transported to open top, stainless steel tanks for cold soaking and ultimately, a slow, temperature controlled native fermentation. Extraction of its deep color and extremely pure fruit profile was done by punching down of the cap twice per day for the entirety of primary fermentation. Upon completion, the wine was transferred to 55% new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place prior to 11 months of slumber in the cellar. Bottling of this unfined and unfiltered Pinot Noir took place in August 16th of 2022.
Cases produced: 485 (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
My Cuvée Number One bottling represents my first appellation blend under Cattleya Wines. The grapes for Cuvée Number One are from the beautiful Russian River Valley. In 2014, I tested different blends between the few barrels of Pommard and 115 clones. Out of all the blends I created, the first blend was the one I chose to bottle, leading me to the name of this wine.