This is a wonderful cool weather Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County. Jim Ball has gained a cult following for his tremendous Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. His fans will not be disappointed as this wine follows in the same mold with its focused flavors and dark character. Almost brooding, this wine is well-integrated brew of earth, forest floor, and complex fruit flavors. Aged in 100% French oak barrels, 20% new. 100% Pinot Noir.
We've worked with Jim Ball for a while now and he continues to impress us year after year with his intense, meticulously handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He's a regular guy that fell in love with the rugged Northern California coast almost three decades ago, and now he's making some of the best small-lot wines we've tasted. These wines are edgy and understated - just like Jim Ball. Give them a try and you'll experience mouthwatering flavors that you never thought were possible out of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Proprietor, Jim Ball, fell in love with Northern California, its juxtaposition of rugged Pacific Coast and orderly vineyard rows. So a search began for the Holy Grail - that sweet spot where Pinot noir could be taken to exalted levels. Jim found it in the mountain top vineyards of Boonville. Jim Ball's Pinots are a prime example of earthy, robust, sexy Pinot Noir - the kind you open with a few close friends by the fire pit or on a quiet night when the cool winds bear a hint of the winter to come. These award-winning cult wines consist exclusively of Estate Fruit.More from this winery
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