Late Harvest Shahpar
2011 Signature Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Signature Pinot Noir is grown along the highly acclaimed 'Gold Ridge' soil series on Vine Hill Road. This Russian River Valley locale yields wines with keenly defined structure and multi-layered flavors truly representative of the appellation. In old-world tradition, a large portion of berries are whole-berry fermented in open top tanks to encourage fruit complexity and spice-oriented aromatics.
Aromatic notes of strawberries, dried orange peel, rose and allspice area prelude to this wonderfully complex Pinot Noir.
The mouthfeel is intriguing, marrying dark cherry and anise with layers of earthy cocoa, clove and savory lavender. Firm, intricate and restrained upon release, the wine will evolve gracefully and blossom with time.