Viticulture: The vineyard is dry farmed and within one mile of the Russian River.
Vinification: The fully mature grapes were hand-picked, sorted, and crushed. The must was fermented on the skins in wooden cuves for three weeks. The cap was punched down by hand three to four times each day.
Aging: The must was pressed, settled and transferred to fifty percent new French oak barrels. Following the completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine bottled without racking, fining or filtration.
Notes: Demostene Ranch traditionally produces intense wines which possess exceptional fruit definition, combined with a richly textured palate and great length of finish. The particular vineyard characteristics are reminiscent of violets, wild red fruits (cassis and cherries), exotic oriental spices, sous-bois, etc.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The 1999 Kalin Cellars Cuvée DD is the newest release of pinot noir from Terry and Frances Leighton and the wine is excellent on both the nose and palate. This particular bottle showed a touch of volatile acidity when first opened, but a bit of time in decanter allowed this to blow off and the wine showed beautifully from that point forward. Once it has blossomed, the bouquet jumps from the glass in a blend of cherries, strawberries, dried eucalyptus, cinnamon, a complex base of autumnal soil, woodsmoke, cedar and a nice touch of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully transparent, with lovely focus and grip, tangy acids, just a wisp of tannin and outstanding length and grip on the complex finish. A classic and very transparent vintage of this iconic bottling from Kalin, which at age eighteen (and just released!) is on the cusp of its plateau of peak drinkability, but should continue to cruise along in bottle for another two and a half decades! 2017-2040.