This complex Pinot Noir is comprised of a blend of grapes from the Russian River Valley, the Sonoma Coast, and one more vineyard situated further inland in Sonoma County. This creates a really interesting wine dominated by dark fruit, nice acid, and a little bit of spice. French oak makes for a smooth, light to medium bodied Pinot Noir.
The Austin Winery creates partnerships with small, family-owned vineyards across the country that adhere to biodynamic practices. Ross and Cooper (owner and winemaker) are young and passionate up and comers in the wine industry. Each year when harvest time rolls around, they hit the road to get to work crushing and de-stemming in the fields, turning the grapes into grape must, packing the must (or grapes) into macrobins, and loading them into a refrigerated truck to get them back to Austin so Cooper can start making wine. Their mission is to craft approachable wines that represent both the region the grapes were grown in and the varietal. If you're ever in Austin, TX, be sure to stop by for a laid back wine tasting with these guys...after your trip to Franklin BBQ of course.
When we began our conversation with The Austin Winery, we'll be the first to admit that we were apprehensive about partnering with a winery based in Austin, TX. After getting to know the founding team and learning more about the expertly selected California vineyard sites that they were sourcing grapes from, we were much more intrigued - so we tasted their wines and we were impressed. Owner, Ross, and winemaker, Cooper, do an admirable job of handpicking the perfect vineyards based on the style of wine they're trying to produce, while also adding a bold Texas edge to their wines during the winemaking process. Combine that with their commitment to sustainability and everyday price points, and The Austin Winery is a winery that we are thrilled to get behind.More from this winery
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