2019 Raen Royal St. Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir
2019 Raen Royal St. Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir Aromas of rose petals, black plum, crushed red cherries, bush raspberry and wild thyme fill the bowl of this 2019 wine. Black tea, forest floor and spring meadow yield to savory herbs, delicate floral notes and a black cherry core. The finish is long lasting with the final notes encapsulated in the silky tannin structure.
Our grandfather taught us that making good wine is a skill, fine wine, an art… our father taught us that we are winegrowers not winemakers. We are learning from the shoulders of our forefathers and that is what has brought us to the hills of the Sonoma Coast.
This all goes back to 2002 when our grandfather took us on a trip to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Tuscany. He wanted us to see what he saw in 1962 that planted the seed that became his dream. That dream was that California could produce wines at the highest level, wine of a quality that could sit along side the finest wines of the world.
This trip he took us on, writing down the afternoon lessons in between wineries, was the greatest gift we ever received from our grandfather. Now looking back we realize that all of his lessons were his effort to simply ignite and pass on the spark, so in time we could take up the light and run with it. For us that spark became RAEN.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and extensively studied) in wine regions all over the world. The variety’s elusive charm has carried it to all manner of vineyards.
These extend from western Germany (as Spätburgunder) and northern Italy to Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. California, Oregon and New Zealand are arguably the greatest centers for the grape outside its home territory. However great Pinot Noir is made in all of these territories.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of red berries and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples). Many of the more complex examples show hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, suggest leather and violets, sometimes recalling Syrah.
There are two theories regarding the Pinot name. One is that it came about because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (pinot in French).