This 2017 offering marks the first vintage of Pinot Noir that comes from their winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown’s own vineyard, Riddle Vineyard, in Sonoma Coast. Riddle Vineyard is located on a ridge in Green Valley near the town of Occidental in the West Sonoma Coast. At 750 feet above sea level, its gentle, north facing slopes overlook many of the iconic Pinot Noir vineyards of the region. Foggy mornings burn off early, and the vines are drenched in warm sun for most of the day. Planted in 2008 at a high density, the vine roots stretch deep into Goldridge soils, seeking out nutrients and water and developing complex flavors in grapes. This newest Pinot Noir release reveals a beautiful deep rich raspberry color with hints of “cherry, plum, strawberry, and rose petals on the nose. Lemon sage and an earthiness are evident on the palate with a nice pepper tickle on the back of the throat. This mouthfeel gradually segues into a smooth, gentle, and lingering finish.” 2012 was Shibumi Knoll’s first vintage of producing Pinot Noir and it too, like their Chardonnay, has become a favorite for those who love a deep Pinot Noir. 119 cases were produced.