From the far reaches of Mendocino, this powerful wine is laden with varietally correct black cherry aromas and flavors. Ruby red color with aromas of lavender, wild berry, woodsmoke, damp soil, and the aforementioned black cherry. A soft, juicy entry delivers intense berry patch flavors, with caramel and forest floor hints. Sappy and savory whole cluster-derived notes, with medium acidity. Fine-grained tannins join spice notes on the creamy, beautifully layered mid-palate. This balanced Pinot Noir has a great core of red fruit, stellar focus, just enough grip, and a complex finish.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2017
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 9, 20 and 26, 2017
  • Release DatesMarch 1, 2019
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.5% / 3.42 / 5.9g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced2,980 6/750mL

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Critical Acclaim

“The 2017 Anderson Valley bottling of pinot noir from Bravium is a bit riper than the 2016 version, with this vintage tipping the scales at 13.5 percent octane. The wine offers up lovely transparency in its bouquet of black cherries, beetroot, very pretty spice tones, espresso, dark soil tones, fresh herbs and a discreet framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, young and tangy, with a full-bodied format, plenty of ripe fruit down in the core, very good soil signature and a long, ripely tannic and very well-balanced finish. This needs some time to blossom, as today it is still quite primary in personality. But, there are good things waiting in the wings here. 2022-2050.” Score: 89+.

—  John Gilman, View From the Cellar

“Wines from the likes of producers such as Rhys, Kalin Cellars, Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Copain and Littorai are really stunning testaments to just what is possible when pinot noir is planted in the right places in California and produced in such a way as to maximize its varietal purity and transparency of soil signature. Newcomers (at least to me) such as Poe Vineyards, Kendric Vineyards, Knez Winery and Bravium show that this varietal is really coming of age in several different regions of California.”

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

“Woodsy aromas are accented by cranberry and cinnamon. Joining ripe, vivid black raspberry and high-toned acidity, deeper, darker notes of tobacco, leather, crushed rock, and orange peel integrate seamlessly into a wine of elegance and finesse. A zing of spice on the finish adds to the textural complexity that identifies this cool-climate Pinot Noir.” Score: 94 Points

— Meridith May, The SOMM Journal

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