When I’m presented with a new wine, the first thing that I want to know is what vineyard the grapes are from. But what happens when the location of the grapes cannot be named due to a non-disclosure agreement?  Some of the greatest vineyards in the world don’t want their name on a wine that’s sold for a much lower price than their own, or in some cases they don’t want their name on any wine other than their own.  When we come across a wine from an extraordinary, yet un-named fruit source, the taste is what tells us everything we need to know.  Cru9’s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has a royal presence on the palate, with a remarkably high-level of focus and definition that’s rare to find at this price point.  At $50/btl this Pinot truly has it all, but at $39.99/btl, you’re going to want it all…

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With less than 10 barrels produced, the 2017 models precisely what I look for in top-level Russian River Valley Pinot, with penetrating red fruits, noble complexity and remarkable balance.  Notably, CRU9 also gives back and helps support two nonprofit women shelters, Ruby’s Place in CA and House of Hope in IA (read more).  Every time you buy a bottle of CRU9, you also help keep families safe and stable through multiple Charity Efforts.

2017 CRU 9 IRREVERENT RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR – Master Sommlier Tasting Notes: “A captivating Pinot Noir with a gorgeous nose of mountain strawberries, ripe raspberries, cola and dried Spring flowers.  On the palate, it is supple and lush with mixed berries, red plum, tart cranberry, tangerine peel and a beautifully long finish that lingers.  An amazing wine that drinks great now, but has enough structure to cellar for a decade or so.Kevin M. Vogt, 93 Points