Farming became a contact sport in the late teens. We were still recovering from the shock of the 2017 fire season and approached 2018 with trepidation. Fortunately, nature gave us a respite with a mild summer and moderate fall that created ideal ripening conditions for Pinot Noir. The season offered long “hang time” that allowed sugar and physiological (flavor) ripeness to develop in sync for a quintessentially balanced wine. Hand picked at night, fermented on “native” yeast and aged in the caves in thirty percent new French oak barrels for a year before bottling and then aged in bottle before release for optimal drinkability. In the past, the Aries label was considered “entry level” – this is no longer the case and the wine is crafted to the same standards as the rest of the RSV family of wines – with just earlier drinkability. This wine satisfies the goal of inclined evolution from first sip to last pour.
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