Pinot Noir grapes were gently pressed and wild fermented in a combination of neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels. A small amount of juice was also bled off the fermenters. The blend was assembled in December. The wine completed only a partial malolactic conversion and is brilliant light peach in color, with rose petal, honeysuckle, chamomile, almond, and cherry aromas. The wine offers a soft entry and creamy mouthfeel enveloping the crisp Cara cara orange, Fuji apple, and stone fruit flavors, with acidity that builds on the finish. Hints of dried herbs add a complexing note.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2018
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesSeptember 12, 2018
  • Release DatesFebruary 1, 2019
  • Alcohol/PH/TA13.2% / 3.3 / 6.5 g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced490 6-packs 750ml

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Critical Acclaim

"Bravium's incredibly boutique, small production wines deliver traditional, balanced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are a true gift and rarity in the state thanks to his emphasis on carefully tended and selected terroir and his dedication to the "less is more" approach."

— Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

"Readers looking for a terrific value in California Chardonnay should check out the 2016 Chardonnay Russian River Valley. With clean orchard fruits, spice, and hints of brioche, it's medium-bodied, lightly textured and graceful, with beautiful purity of fruit and length."

— Jeb Dunnuck

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