The vineyards that contribute fruit for the Orogeny Pinot Noir are each only 8 to 20 acres, allowing for meticulous farming. The combination of cool weather and long exposure to the sun is perfect for Pinot Noir. For this 2013 grapes were selected from a number of small, exceptional vineyards within the Russian River Valley including the outstanding Martinelli Vineyard, Gallaher Vineyard, the Lancel Creek Vineyard farmed by Ulysses Valdez, and Vineyard 11. Grapes were picked very early in the morning and then sorted three times: first in the vineyard and then at the winery as both clusters and destemmed berries. The berries were cold soaked, with twice daily punch-downs, for gentle extraction of varietal character and tannins. Native yeast fermentation in small open-top fermentors was followed by in-barrel, native malolactic fermentation to round acidity and 10 months of aging in French oak barrels . 2013 was an exceptional vintage, surpassing even 2012 in overall quality. This wine shows fragrant ripe blackberry, blueberry and mulberry nuances, while its notes of forest loam and redwood bark reflect the terroir. Warm spice notes lift the aromas and linger on the finish. Fine tannins and beautifully balanced acidity support the silky palate. A very fine Pinot. On SALE!