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2020 Sterling Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir

2020 Sterling Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir

2020 Sterling Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

Brimming with inviting aromas of raspberry and black currant, the 2020 vintage shows the elegant structure, depth, and balance. On the palate, you find blackberry, bing cherry, and layered red berry flavors finishing with vanilla bean and floral notes perfectly combine in the glass to create a profusion of flavor. The bold fruit flavors are balanced by notes of oak spice and vanilla, enhanced by barrel aging. Lush, silky tannins and bright acidity enhance bold fruit flavors to create a long, memorable, velvety finish.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2020
Appellation Napa Valley
Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol % 14.9%


The Pinot Noir grapes were handled very gently from vineyard to winery.  The hand-picked fruit was destemmed and optically sorted, then underwent a cold soak before fermentation in stainless open top fermenters to enhance color depth. After 14 days on skins, free run juice was drained and sent directly to the barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for eight months in 100% French oak before it was bottled and allowed additional time to age to gain complexity before release.  


The 2020 season will be remembered for factors beyond the typical harvest season. It was a warm, dry winter, and the rain and cooler weather didn’t arrive until the end of March. While the mild spring season was a great early start, our winery working conditions had extensive safety protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer brought very cool mornings and very warm days, but then harvest was interrupted by wildfires across California, which came as grapes started to be picked, and we were very fortunate that none of our vineyards were in the areas of the active fires.


Fruit for this reserve wine was sourced from the Hallberg vineyard in Sebastopol. Soils are classic Goldridge sandy-loam common to the area, which is heavily impacted by marine influences from the Pacific, a scant 20 miles west.  Sunny warm days are tempered by cooling fog, creating the perfect growing environment for Pinot Noir.