The hillside vines of Confluence Vineyard have produced a luxurious Pinot Noir with aromas of ripe cherry, red currant, sweet leather and hints of wet stone minerality, fresh rosemary and bergamot. On the palate it is smooth, pleasurable and elegantly mouth-filling, with bright acidity adding poise and definition to a long finish filled with alluring flavors of black cherry, blackberry and orange zest.
After a very dry winter and a cold early spring, April and May brought warmer weather to Anderson Valley, along with budbreak and bloom. As the summer progressed, the temperatures grew warmer, with a significant mid-August heat spike marking the beginning of our sparkling wine harvest. While mid-August also brought wildfires to much of wine country, our distance from the smoke minimized the impact. Even so, we did extensive testing to ensure only the finest grapes were used for our 2020 wines, excluding any fruit that did not meet our standards. While 2020 produced a small crop, the wines are beautifully concentrated, with lovely tension, firm tannins, savory notes and vibrant, fresh-fruit flavors.