By Courtney Cochran
The 2007 Pinot Noir harvest in the Russian River Valley was a thing of beauty, leading to the production of wines with elegance and power, grace and personality. I know all this because I was there, working as a cellar scourge for a couple of glorious days when I played hooky from my responsibilities in the city. And now, as the results of that harvest begin to trickle in for release nationwide, I couldn’t be more pleased to taste the positively delicious results in the bottle.
A particularly lovely example is Pinot czar James MacPhail’s 2007 Sequana “Dutton Ranch” Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($40). Made from sustainably-farmed grapes grown in Green Valley – one of the smallest appellations on the Sonoma Coast – this poetic Pinot teems with beguiling aromas and flavors of clove, anise, earth, toast and cherry cordial. It’s full-bodied for the traditionally lighter variety, and will pair beautifully with roast duck and other rich but elegant meats. The first vintage for the MacPhail-driven project, Sequana is shaping up to be a promising new home for Pinot. More info.