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Vintage: The 2018 vintage will be remembered for ideal growing conditions through summer and into harvest and an abundant crop. After several vintages of drought and earlier harvests, we had a cooler growing season coupled with ample yields in our Sonoma County Pinot Noir vineyards. We had ideal weather at harvest allowing us to pick vineyards at optimal ripeness and without incident. Despite the heavier crop, concentration of fruit and flavors was pronounced.
Tasting Notes: Our 2018 version of this wine highlights the fruit intensity found in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The black cherry, red plum and baking spice aromatics hint at the fruit and spice interplay that dances on the palate. The silky texture opens up to flavors of strawberry preserves, cranberry and notes of savory fresh herbs.
93 points JamesSuckling.com
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It didn’t take long before we fell hard for Pinot Noir. We were living in San Francisco and Matt was working at Bacchus & Venus in Sausalito, right at the moment when the Sideways effect was propelling California Pinot Noir to new heights. After the drive home across the Golden Gate Bridge, he would usually arrive at our shoebox apartment with a leftover bottle or two from the day’s tastings. We would eat dinner and drink some incredible wines, and think about our future. Was it possible to one day make our own Pinot Noir?
Suddenly it was 2007 and we were engaged and driving a U-Haul to start a new life in Sonoma County. After an internship at Siduri, Matt began working at Vinify, a custom crush winery full of people who were living their winemaking dreams. It was an ambitious, contagious environment. The bug bit hard, and it was not long before we purchased our first ton of grapes.
Vaughn Duffy is now part of the boom of first-generation winemaking families in California. We feel lucky to be living in a time when hard work, creativity and a little help from your friends can trump the need for huge amounts of capital investment. Two kids who didn’t really know any better can now get their wine on the shelf next to the icons who inspired them to make wine in the first place. We invite you to be a part of the journey ahead.
All the best,
Matt Duffy & Sara Vaughn
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