Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown has produced a great 2018 Senses Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. Enjoyable upon opening, it offers red cherry with briary fruit and notes of baking spice – really, it’s everything you hope for in a classic Russian River Valley Pinot along with balanced acidity and silky-smooth tannins. This 2018 was aged for 10 months in 100% French Oak, 10% new French and the rest neutral oak. Many are hailing the 2018 vintage as a return to “normal” as the vintage was comparatively calm, cool, and late. The year began with a relatively warm February before giving way to a cold spring and moderate growing conditions throughout the season. The moderate temperatures continued into harvest allowing for full phenolic ripeness to develop and the luxury of picking the grapes when they were mature rather than trying to beat the heat. Many in the wine industry think the 2018 wines will showcase as one of the best vintages in the twenty-teens.
Senses Wines originates in the small town of Occidental, in West Sonoma Coast, in which they produce exclusively Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And who better to make these wines than Thomas Rivers Brown. Thomas loves these Burgundian varietals coming from this special nook close to the Pacific coastline. The three partners, Chris Strieter, Max Thieriot and Myles Lawrence-Briggs, all grew up in Occidental and Thomas was already producing outstanding wines from renowned vineyards owned by their families so in their minds, it was the perfect way to bring Senses to the next level.