The hillside vines of Confluence Vineyard have produced a luxurious Pinot Noir that combines robust red fruit with complex undercurrents of iron and earth. On the palate, generous layers of ripe wild strawberry and red plum glide across silky tannins. As it opens up, notes of black tea, leather and earthy forest floor emerge, offering a sophisticated counterpoint to the alluring red fruit flavors.
The 2018 growing season was one of the finest Anderson Valley Pinot Noir vintages of the past decade. A dry winter and a cool, damp spring delayed budbreak and bloom by several weeks, and helped the vines to avoid any potential spring frost issues. Lovely weather throughout summer allowed for abundant hangtime and ideal ripening, leading to our first Pinot Noir pick on September 12th. The temperate weather continued into autumn, ensuring that we were able to pick every block and vineyard at the height of perfection. As a result, our 2018 wines are beautifully aromatic, with striking natural acidity, rich textures and alluring varietal flavors.