"The 2021 Pinot Noir Arrendell Vineyard is expressive of sassafras, brambly wild berries, and toasted cedar. Full-bodied, with a lot of balance but no harsh edges, it has fresh acidity, an ultra-fine tannin structure, and a long, graceful finish, with candied roses, black raspberry liqueur, and dusty earth. A very attractive wine, it’s drinking well now and will certainly be worth enjoying over the next 15 years." - Audrey Frick, jebdunnuck.com, July 2023
Wines From This Vineyard
Arrendell Vineyard sits in arguably the coldest spot in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley AVA. The vineyard is sometimes referred to as the "Snowshoe Vineyard" because, in wet years, the vineyard manager has had to equip his pruning team with snowshoes to get through a small area of muddy rows. Each year, the vineyard struggles to ripen the fewer-than-two-tons-per-acre crop by Halloween. Often, much of Sonoma County's Cabernet Sauvignon (the latest ripening red varietal) is picked before Arrendell Pinot Noir. These adverse conditions create a wine of distinct character.