Since their debut vintage in 2011, Thomas Rivers Brown has been Riverain’s winemaker, making Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. This 2021 Pinot Noir comes from the famed Silver Eagle Vineyard near Sonoma Coast’s town of Occidental, which continues to be owned and farmed by the Valdez family. It rests atop Stoetz Ridge, the land mass that divides the remote Sonoma Coast from the Russian River Valley. This vineyard experiences both the cooling ocean breezes of the nearby Pacific, as well as the warmth of the interior valley. It is an incredible grower vineyard what cultivates exceptional fruit. “The mild and even weather in 2021, along with the cool Occidental site, allowed for extended hang time. Fermentation with 30% whole cluster made for a beautifully perfumed, aromatic Pinot Noir. Offering scents of Christmas spice, cherry, cranberry and some forest floor, the wine’s balance really shines through to a long-detailed finish.” 240 cases were produced.