Thursday, August 24, 2006

Three Russian River Pinot Makers

3rrwiners-w.jpgRussian River Valley veterans raise the standard for Pinot Noir...

With wine, it's natural to seek out the Next Great Thing -- the new boutique brand, the emerging sub-appellation, the rising-star winemaker, the vintner who builds a medieval Italian castle, complete with a dungeon.

Yet sometimes an Old Great Thing, long hidden in plain sight, deserves another close look. Three Old Great Things -- wineries located on the same rural road in the Russian River Valley in western Sonoma County -- have produced spectacular Pinot Noir wines and/or grapes that went into those wines, for more than 30 years, showing California winemakers who came after them just how it's done.

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