WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Green Valley, Russian River Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PRODUCTION
    188 cases

Crinella Vineyard (vineyard source for DuMol, Merry Edwards, Siduri, Kosta Browne, etc.) is ideally situated on a gentle slope in Green Valley, a highly sought after section of the Russian River Valley renowned for producing exceptional cool climate wines. Green Valley is defined by cool temperature and fog, allowing long even flavor development for Pinot Noir, a grape that is quite temperamental to site. The "Goldridge" soil of Crinella Vineyard is a golden yellow sandy loam and fractured sandstone which is particularly valuable for high quality grape growing due to excellent drainage and low vigor.

Watkins Family Winery is a family-owned winery in Sonoma County, specializing in limited production wines from hillside vineyards.  Our goal is to produce wines that are finely balanced with regard to ripe fruit, quality tannin, and natural acidity - ultimately striving to express the pure flavors of their vineyard origin.

Winemaker Randall Watkins grew up on a vineyard located in the foothills of Taylor Mountain in Sonoma County. In 1979, when Randall was only 10 years old, his father planted the Watkins Family Zinfandel and Chardonnay. In 1993, Randall received a bachelor's degree in sociology and management from the University of California, Davis. After a brief stint working for a consultant in San Francisco, Randall again felt the call of the wine country. He continued his hands-on winemaking training, working in the cellars and labs of Buena Vista Winery and Hartford Family Winery in Sonoma County, as supervisor of red wine fermentations at Carmen Vineyards in Chile, and as assistant winemaker at S. Anderson Vineyards in Napa. Randall then returned to UC Davis, where he rounded out his practical knowledge by completing a master's degree in enology in 1999. Over the next 7 years, Randall produced some of the most highly regarded wines in Sonoma County as the winemaker for Carmenet Winery and Moon Mountain Vineyard.

TASTING NOTES 

The wine shows wonderful intensity, depth, focus and purity of Pinot Noir flavor.  A rich vibrant core of juicy black cherry and wild berry with delicious aromas of cinnamon, rose petal and raspberry.  Impeccably balanced, graceful and supple, finishes with a hint of toasty oak and ripe, fine-grained tannins.  Continues to gain depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors linger.