2018 El Pino Club The Cusp Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
The anticipation builds as you stand on the lip-biting edge of a sip of supple Pinot Noir from Sonoma County’s uncontested cool climate capital, the Russian River Valley. The Cusp fully embraces the tension between Russian River fog and Sonoma sunshine. A proudly new-world Pinot, with a full, round body, packed with concentrated dark fruit, but beautifully balanced and unexpectedly complex. Introducing The Cusp Pinot Noir: it opens with a complex perfume of clove spice, cherry, raspberry, tobacco leaf and chocolate. On the palate, luscious black cherry and notes of cranberry flow with supple texture and integrated tannins into a smooth, lingering finish. Swirl, sniff, swallow, and repeat.
100% Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
12 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
The 2018 growing season was one of the most consistent in recent memory. Mild spring weather led to prime fruit set and ideal growing conditions to set the stage for producing the perfect Pinot Noir. The temperate weather allowed for an extended hang-time and fully balanced ripening.
Our 45 acre Trenton Road Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Planted to a variety of Pinot Noir clones including Pommard, Dijon 777, 37, and Swan, this vineyard is ideally situated to benefit from morning fog and afternoon sunshine. Grapes were harvested on September 28, 2018.