The wine has a wonderfully complex nose of sweet earth; vanilla and spice stimulate the olfactory. On the palate, its soft chalky tannins and bright acidity combine to produce a lush, full mouthfeel. Rich, deep flavors of black currant, plum, cherry and tobacco endure, with a touch of dark chocolate on the finish.
||Russian River Valley
Our Bella Luna Vineyard produces superlative Pinot Noir grapes that ripen slowly and evenly in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley. With the desire to produce an intensely colored wine with fruit forward flavors, we chose to utilize clone 667 because of this proclivity. The wine has a wonderfully complex nose of sweet earth; vanilla and spice stimulate the olfactory. On the palate, its soft chalky tannins and bright acidity combine to produce a lush, full mouthfeel. Rich, deep flavors of black currant, plum, cherry and tobacco endure, with a touch of dark chocolate on the finish.
Bella Luna is a Demeter-certified Biodynamic® wine. Biodynamics is the most advanced and holistic form of organic agriculture, in which the farm itself is viewed as a living organism. It is distinguished from organic and sustainable farming by its ability to revitalize and individualize a property. In Biodynamics, we eliminate artificial inputs and minimize interference and manipulation at every stage of the growing and winemaking process.
Russian River Valley is ideal for nurturing Pinot Noir because the growing conditions allow the finicky grape to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors. Russian River Valley has become synonymous with high caliber and distinctive Pinot Noir in part because of the cool fog and Goldridge soils that influence winegrowing in these areas. Canopy development is reduced by the wind, resulting in lower yields and creating more concentrated flavors in the fruit. In the cellar, the wine was aged in Hungarian oak barrels.
2012 starting out as a dry winter with substantial rains in late April-early May; the vines were able to get water at the appropriate time to induce beneficial vine growth. The remainder of the year had moderate temperatures, minus the typical heat spikes that our wine region is known for. This circumstance allowed for extended hang times, resulting in further flavor development and even ripening. It was a vintage that produced wines of abundance, while accruing striking poignancy. It will go down as one of the best vintages of the past forty years.