Russian River Valley

Sonoma County




Art Robledo

Harvest Dates


Clonal Content

113, 114, 115

Alcohol / pH

14.4 % / 3.66

Titratable Acidity

0.53 gms / 100mL

Barrel Aging

17 months in French Oak

(33% new)

Cases Produced


Suggested Retail Price




Pinot Noir

Our Foray bottling highlights special vineyards with superb fruit but limited availability from year to year.  For 2010, we selected the RLR vineyard located just outside the Sonoma County town of Forestville.  The vineyard lies in a gently sloping glen, surrounded on 3 sides by oak, laurel, and redwood trees.  While little more than a mile south of the cooling Russian River, RLR has a "banana belt" microclimate.  The daily summer fog clears faster here producing moderately warmer mornings and toasty afternoons.

The soil is Goldridge sandy loam, allowing pinot noir to thrive due its fast drainage.  The vineyard is planted with a mélange of Dijon 113, 114, and 115 clones, and we  produced a field mix in 2010.  The good soil, sheltered site, warmer microclimate, and clonal mix result in a distinctive character tending more towards purple and blue fruits.

Winemaker Notes

The difficult 2010 growing conditions did not spare the RLR vineyard completely, but the vineyard fared better than most because of its unusual (for pinot noir) trellising.  The system provided more shading from the sun during the August heat wave and protected the clusters well enough that fruit loss was minimized.

Our 2010 Foray features generous aromas of boysenberry, plum, and coffee.  Lush mouthfeel and saturated boysenberry and blueberry flavors reign, with high notes of toasty oak and spice.  The finish is long and offers echoes of the vibrant fruit layered with just enough lingering spice and acidity.  We suggest clearing your agenda for the evening and pairing this with roast pork loin crusted with fennel, black pepper, and mustard seed.


  1. DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - SF Chronicle 2013 Wine Competition

  2. SILVER MEDAL - Grand Harvest Awards

  3. Prince of Pinot - Highest Rating “clearly special”
    “Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of earth-kissed black cherries, forest floor and deep red rose petals. Richer and more deeply flavored than the Russian River Valley bottling, endowed with a perfectly ripe core of sappy, dark red and black cherries and raspberries, supported by smooth oak and fruit tannins, and finishing with very impressive length. Still young and undeveloped, but displaying impeccable balance that predicts an optimistic future. Clearly special. “
    - Rusty Gaffney - 10/24/13

    Named 2012 California Pinot Noir Honorable Mention, December 2012

  4. Wine Enthusiast - 92 points , “Cellar Selection” status    
    “This feels lush and important right out of the bottle, tantalizing with tart cherry, cola and persimmon flavors that are wrapped in acids and tannins. Give it up to six years, and enjoy. All of the fruit comes from the Foray Vineyard in the Green Valley. “
    - Steve Heimoff - 2/13/13