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Fermentation & Aging
50% whole cluster fermentation with indigenous yeast. Aged in French neutral barrels for 9 months. Blended whole cluster and the destemmed lot just before bottling. Unfiltered.

Winemaker's Note
This first-ever Russian River Valley Pinot Noir of Six Cloves was sourced from Buf-Wehr Ranch, whose small backyard vineyard sits in the heart of the Russian River appellation west of the town of Windsor. Chris and Maureen, husband and wife, farm Pommard clones organically. The grapes ripened quickly due to the summer heat, and we harvested grapes on August 31st. 

We brought in just shy of 1 ton of grapes to the winery after 4 hours of hand-picking. We destemmed 50% of the grapes and left the rest as whole clusters, fermented them with indigenous yeast, and aged them in neutral barrels.

The finished wine exhibits characteristics of great Russian River Pinot Noir, with red fruit flavors of raspberry and dark cherry and a complex nose of dried sage and thyme with a hint of cocoa powder. This beautiful and restrained Pinot Noir has a supple and well-integrated tannin profile with a great mouthfeel that lingers in the mouth.

ALCOHOL: 13.1 %
pH: 3.53
TA: 5.9 g/L 
BOTTLED:  June, 23,  2023

2022 Pinot Noir, Buf-Wehr Ranch, Russian River Valley Sonoma County


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