2013 Floodgate Pinot Noir Russina River Valley
"The Floodgate Vineyard is located right in the heart of the Russian River Valley’s most revered Pinot Noir sub-appellation known as the “Middle Reach.” It’s within this appellation where the region’s most prestigious vineyards call home, and where the most respected producers source their fruit.
The vineyard sits 500 feet above the Anderson Valley floor on the ridge top at the valley's far west end. A perfect southwest exposure causes the soil to warm quickly and brings a distinct and recognizable flavor to the grapes. The elevation and cooler climate means late ripening and harvesting. The vineyard was planted to six low-yield pinot noir clones to produce the most complex and intensely flavored Pinot Noir possible. Block 4 (planted in 1971) is one of the oldest known plantings of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Though producing less than one ton per acre, winemaker Gary Farrell insisted the vineyard be preserved; not only for its historical significance, but the astounding wine quality produced from these old vines." -Winery