It’s Wednesday, well Wine Wednesday that is, and I’ve selected to feature the 2011 King’s Ransom Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Their philosophy? To craft the best expression of Pinot Noir while capturing the hallmark attributes the Russian River Valley has to offer in every single bottle. And it sure shows.
Located in the heart of Sonoma County, the Russian River Valley measures approximately 198 square miles and includes more than 200 growers and over 80 wineries. Pinot Noir, a difficult grape to grow, achieves greatness in only a handful of places worldwide, and the Russian River Valley is one of them.  Why do you ask? Pinot Noir needs the perfect balance of fog, wind and sun exposure and the Russian River Valley has exactly that.
The King’s Ransom Pinot Noir was gently crafted from only the finest Pinot Noir grapes from this beautiful valley. The fruit was cherry-picked from select rows of the most optimal vineyards lots. Clusters are hand-sorted, only the most pristine berries are stripped from the stems and then basket crushed.
The resulting wine? Beautifully complex, yet delicate. Focused fruit flavors of black plum and bright red cherry with complex notes of cedar and mushrooms. A rich and velvety palate with just a bit of acidity in the finish to brighten the fruit flavors.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Variety: Pinot Noir (Clones 115, Pommard and Olivet)
Aging: 100% in French oak barrels
Production: 73 cases
Bottled: November 2012
This Pinot Noir is exceptional when paired with duck confit, or braised short ribs. If you prefer seafood, try the 2011 Kings Ransom Pinot Noir with a hearty Cioppino style fisherman’s stew.