Pinot Noir, 2018. RMH

Pinot Noir, 2018. RMH

Item #: XR7257W
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County, California
Color: Soft Magenta
Nose: Spiced Apple
Palate: Smooth
Finish: Lingering
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meat, Fowl, Game/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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RMH stands for River Myst Haven, a perfect name for a winery located in one of the coolest (both literally and figuratively) areas of Sonoma. Winemaker Leo Hansen, son of a chef and hotelier, grew up in Denmark. He began working in his father's kitchen at age 12 and later on learned about wine from the hotel's sommelier. That was all it took.

He travelled to France, Spain and Italy in the early 90s and earned a European sommelier certification before landing in California. He worked his way through the vineyards of California before landing in Sonoma.

Leo's European background was very instrumental in his desire to craft wines with lower alcohols, more backbone, and the ability to age gracefully. Sonoma's Russian River Valley provided the most likely place he could find to do just that. Judging from the wines he's crafted, it was a great choice.

Our selection is a perfect example of the Pinot Noir grape we prefer over all others. It is a bit lighter than most from California, with elusive fruit, lilting balance, and an authoritative finish. The oak component adds complexity and spice but doesn't hide the floral and spice notes underneath.

The color is lighter than most, which is how it should be, as manipulation of the grapes is needed for dark Pinot Noir. Here the natural aromas and flavors, not the process, stand out. The nose of cherry blossom and spice mixed with a touch of mint would be just the ticket for chicken tagine or lamb shanks cooked in tomato sauce and garlic.