RARECAT Pinot Noir
Russian River
Barrel Selection, 2 Vineyards


Winemaker Notes
Our 2019 RARECAT is a barrel selection from two Russian River vineyards.  One vineyard brought elevated aromatics, including floral, spice, and red fruit notes, while the other vineyard added structure and depth that lengthened the mouth feel and finish.  We are thrilled with the results of the final blend.  All fine wines are a combination of science and artistry.  Our 2019 benefited from both talents.



Tasting Notes
Our 2019 RARECAT Pinot Noir from Russian River is extremely aromatic with notes of raspberry, red fruit, pumpkin spice, violet, and sassafras.  Light cranberry color with a nice round texture that shows tannins are well integrated. The finish bursts with cranberry, red fruit and spice.  The note of cranberry with turkey... do we need to say anything more.  Our RARECAT Pinot Noir 2019 is young makes it perfect with Turkey this year.

Additional Pairing Ideas
We know turkey isn't the only pairing for pinot noir.  Our RARECAT Pinot Noir drinks beautiful when served with salmon, ham, chicken, pork chops, and Asian fusion dishes.  Try a crusted ahi tuna, glazed BBQ salmon steak on a cedar plank or a pan seared chicken breast with figs and olives.

Technical Notes
We did one pumpover per day over the first 4 days and during our cold soak.  We then inoculated the must on day five and continued daily pumpovers and added punchdowns. Gentle extraction is the key to our RARECAT Pinot Noir. The total maceration was 13 days.  After being pressed, the wine was put into 30% new French oak barrels customized for RARECAT by one of the few Master Coopers in Burgundy. An initial barrel selection was made and the selected wine was moved to 100% new Montgillard French oak barrels for 2 months to add additional complexity and texture. The oak tannins integrated quickly.  A final blend was made and before bottling in July. 

380 Cases produced.