We initially discovered the Pillow Rd Vineyard Pinot Noir during a wine dinner at Nectar last year. Ladara was the featured winery that night and we were able to meet “Ladera Dan” Stotesbery.
The Pillow Rd Vineyard is a recent acquisition for the Stotebery’s. After ten years producing wines at Ladera they decided to branch out and try a Pinot Noir. They came across a small Pinot Noir vineyard lined with old Gravenstein apple orchards on the southern edge of the Russian River Valley, they instantly knew the location would perfectly complement their time-honored family farming traditions.
Moving forward a year and during our week in Napa, Chris reached out to Dan and scheduled a tasting at Ladera. Dan greeted us in the front tasting area. After a brief introduction and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc he give us a tour of the winery. After the winery tour we returned to the tasting area to try a sample of the 2010 Pillow Rd Pinot Noir. The Pinot held well against the Cabernet Sauvignons we tried. I liked it so much we bought a couple bottles to take home.
Over the past memorial weekend I decided to pull the cork. Here are my tasting notes.
Medium color depth with a ruby garnet hue.
The Pinot Noir was very aromatic. As I smelled it I noted earthy tones, red ripe cherry and raspberry with a nice spice nose.
It was a full-bodied Pinot. Slightly tart but tasty, very balanced. The tannins were light and soft. The Pinot was very flavorful. I tasted cherry, light caramel. The Pinot was elegant and had a very nice silky soft medium to long finish.
The Pillow Rd Pinot could age very well. Sadly, it will not last that long because it was pretty darn good!
How much: $50 retail with a slight discount if you are a member at Ladera.
We rated the 2010 Pillow Rd. Vineyard three glasses.
In Vino Veritas!