I can tell you without ANY hesitation that mine is Joseph Jewell’s 2014 Russian River Pinot Noir. If I paid $40/btl for this Pinot, I would be thrilled with the quality. After all, the 2014 combines fruit from Hallberg, Floodgate and Bucher Vineyards… Williams Selyem and Gary Farrell fans likely recognize these sites. The 2014 washes over your palate with stunning balance, detail and length, and it perfectly portrays everything that I look for in cool climate California Pinot Noir. It truly drinks like a killer forty dollar Pinot, and I absolutely guarantee you’ll love it.
This Pinot hasn’t left my mind since I first tasted it, and in equal detail are the mineral-laced blueberries, bramble fruit, black tea, dried rose and touches of violets that are etched in my memory. The 2014 elevated for 11 months in Francois Freres, Ermitage and Rousseau barrels, and has blossomed over the last 3 years in the bottle. If you love Pinot Noir, and better yet, if you don’t… try a case of this, and I think you’ll become an instant fan. RRV is one of my favorite regions for Pinot Noir because it is known for Pinots that are more full-bodied; and this Pinot is deep and balanced with a nice weight on the palate… in other words, it’s absolutely delicious! Cheers! Ed