Deep garnet in color with pleasing aromas of sun-warmed blueberry, blackberry pie, and black
cherry with hints of forest floor and cedar. There is an earthy cola tone on the palate with very
effusive dark berry flavor layered with a touch of vanilla. Dynamic and focused this wine has
refined tannins and a long-lasting finish.
Once a dairy farm and pastureland, this vineyard has realized its greatest potential as a prime,
virgin Pinot Noir vineyard. It was first planted in 2000 to a mix of Dijon clones 115, 667, and
777, all grafted on low-vigor rootstock 101-14. We have been working with this vineyard since
2003 and have always been impressed by the quality of the Pinot Noir it produces. Dairyman
sits in the southern alluvial plains of the Russian River Valley near the ocean, a region where
cooling fog comes in through the Petaluma Gap in the morning and once again in the evening.
Afternoon breezes help to soften the effects of the warm sun. In Dairyman, each vine has been
trained up on a vertical shoot position (VSP) trellis, which both limits the growth and opens up
the typically congested fruit zone. The combination of low-vigor rootstock and alluvial soil stress
the vines, while the cool, coastal climate creates a long growing season that brings about small,
concentrated, and flavorful berries.