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Perez...Pure Jouissance
Russian River Valley
Gilbert Perez, Owner
Pinot Noir (115)

Gilbert Perez spent his career working in agriculture, beginning with apples then turning to vines learning to coax them into providing the highest quality wine grapes. Now he uses this knowledge in his own back yard, literally. The Perez vineyard stretches in rows straight back from his back porch, family farming at its finest. The vineyard is planted exclusively to clone 115 vines, and the soils are very sandy encouraging the vines to grow a developed root system in these otherwise very well drained soils.

Gilbert's Vineyard is in the southwest corner of the Russian River, sitting in a cool spot that exemplifies this appellation's reputation. Cool, maritime breezes and fog layers funnel inland through the Russian River gorge and through gaps in the coastal hills and settle in the nooks that spread out in this watershed.

This vineyard produces our "Jouissance" Pinot Noir a wine of rich, ripe, hedonistic fruit flavors, while yet retaining a more sophisticated and subtle finish, with notes of tobacco, chocolate, and baking spices. It is a vineyard that really highlights the importance of letting the vines find their own balance. The vines here tend towards an appropriate high level of vigor, providing more leaves for  photosynthesis to fully ripen the fruit in this foggy corner of Russian River Valley.