Bravium Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine
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Bravium Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Anderson Valley, CA
92 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Rusty Gaffney, The Pinot File - "The wines show deft integration of oak, judicious use of whole cluster fermentation, pleasant aromatics, flavor without weight, and bright acidity for refreshing drinking. Derek definitely has something going here and I would recommend the Pinot Noirs without reservations."
This is a lovely Anderson Valley Pinot Noir! With plenty of red berry/fruit flavors, it pairs especially well with poultry and pork with fruit-based sauces. (Like our Cornish Game Hens with Jam Glaze recipe!) Nice acidity makes this a very food-friendly wine which will age gracefully for many years. And with just 12.5% alcohol, it's easy on the head!
We highly recommend decanting this wine for maximum enjoyment.
A classic coastal Pinot Noir from the far reaches of Mendocino, this elegant wine offers a vivacious and exotic presentation with aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, rose petal, raspberry, wild berry, crushed rock, wood smoke, and red cherry. A soft entry and plush palate delivers berry patch flavors, balanced by orange peel notes, with a chalky, mineral-driven finish. Bright acidity, fine-grained tannins, and classic Anderson Valley finesse combine to create a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that, while enjoyable in its youth, possesses impressive aging potential.
We carefully select our Pinot Noir grapes from three vineyards in Anderson Valley: Donnelly Creek, Ridge at Valley Foothills, and Wiley, in the famed “Deep End”, the westernmost portion of the valley. Donnelly Creek Vineyard, a beautiful 80-acre site, rests in a slightly warmer part of the appellation, translating to relatively riper fruit. Ridge Vineyard, a family-owned site, gives us 30 year-old Jackson clone Pinot Noir with exceptional flavor. The historic Wiley Vineyard is a true cool-climate site, resting on benchlands just ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard is renowned for its bucolic setting and pristine fruit that is an appellation benchmark.
The 2015 growing season in Anderson Valley was characterized by early bud break and early harvest. February and March were unusually warm, giving the vines a running start. As colder temperatures moved into the valley in May, ripening slowed, allowing for excellent flavor development and acidity in the grapes. Yields were significantly reduced compared to the generous 2012 and 2013 vintages but the small berries and shatter that characterized this vintage resulted in phenomenal quality in the glass.
Harvest Date: August 27 & 28, and September 18 & 21,2015
Aging: 10 months in French and Hungarian oak [33% New]
Cases Produced: 1934