The 2014 Siduri Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a fantastic herald of the superb nature of the 2014 vintage. This wine started receiving praise as a barrel sample and has only come together and grown since bottling. Acclaimed wine writer Josh Raynolds rated this wine 90-91 points from barrel and described it this way, “Saturated red. Lively, focused nose displays spice-tinged aromas of raspberry and fresh flowers, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Smoky and gently sweet on the palate, offering nervy red and dark berry flavors that open slowly with air. Shows very good vivacity on the finish, along with easygoing tannins and an echo of floral pastilles.”
2014 VINTAGE The 2014 vintage is the final, in a string of three, large crop, early ripening vintages in California. Seemingly, each vintage has ripened earlier and earlier while producing substantially larger than normal yields. Fortunately, these larger yields have slowed down the ripening process, allowing the grapes to get a normal amount of time on the vines, even if the season is an early one. We did think it was especially important to spend more time in the vineyards as harvest approached, as the vines did show signs of the drought near the end of the season. We often picked in 2014 when the vines became tired, trying to capture a freshness in the final wine rather than simply make a weighty Pinot Noir.