Cirq, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California, 2018 through Merchant of Wine

Cirq, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California, 2018

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Overview of the Wine
Kosta Browne’s winemaker, Michael Browne, has debuted a new label with a circus theme specializing in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. The first vintage produced an estate Pinot Noir from Treehouse Vineyard, and subsequent vintages will include an estate Pinot Noir from a second vineyard, Bootlegger’s Hill Vineyard.

Like many winemakers who have sourced Pinot Noir for their wines, Michael has dreamed of planting his own vineyard and making wine from it. He decided several years ago to pour significant resources into developing distinguished sites that could produce world-class Pinot Noir. Michael enlisted the services of noted vineyardist, Charlie Chenoweth, to plant his two vineyards.

Production will be very limited, with only two Pinot Noirs, each from a single estate vineyard. The 13.5-acre Treehouse Vineyard is located 8 miles inland from the Pacific Coast at an elevation of 750 feet above the fog line. Because it is above the fog, Treehouse receives more hours of sunshine than almost any other site in the Russian River Valley, yet benefits from the fog’s cooling effects. The vineyard is planted to 5 clones on 101-14 rootstock: Mariafeld 23 (35%), Swan, Pommard, Calera and Mt. Eden 37. Soils are iron-rich Franciscan. Remarkably, this vineyard delivers exceptional flavor, intensity and textures early in the ripening phase.

"It has always been my dream to plant a vineyard and make wine from it. Wines that are the highest quality obtainable. Wines that provide a lens on where they were grown. CIRQ is the realization of that dream.” –Michael Browne

The vision for CIRQ first took shape several years ago when Michael Browne & the CIRQ team discovered what they consider to be the best sites in the best region for Pinot Noir; the Russian River Valley. They made the commitment at that time to pour all of their resources into developing these sites.

Browne & Co. bring a high level of focus to the task. They farm two estate vineyards and produce a single estate Pinot Noir from each. Production is extremely limited for the simple reason that CIRQ is an estate-driven program. They’ve done this with one goal in mind: to provide enthusiasts with wines of uncommon breeding that delight their senses and connect them to these special places.

Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Aromatics: Deep pomegranate and raspberry aromas, accented with violet and hibiscus flowers, with hints of tangerine peel, vanilla bean, and a touch of cassis.

Flavors: Fresh strawberry with a slight dash of cream.  Crisp bing cherry, with a moderate touch of Red Delicious apple skin and all the goodness that it brings. Delicate tannins which ensue and elevate the flavors. The nuances are layered with oolong tea, star anise, pink peppercorn, and freshly baked gingersnap.

Mouthfeel: Rich and round with a satin, velvety texture. Mouthwatering and juicy throughout with fine and delicate tannin, and a resounding finish.

97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Pinot Noir sports a medium ruby, plum, almost opaque hue as well as a killer bouquet of ripe black raspberries, redcurrants, roasted herbs, loamy earth, and sandalwood. Rich, almost full-bodied, and beautifully textured, with silky, polished tannins, this is another rock star of a Pinot Noir from Michael Browne that will deliver the goods over the coming 7-8 years, probably longer, although I have no idea why you would delay gratification! Drink: 2021-2029.

94 Points - Vinous
The 2018 Pinot Noir Estate is racy and exuberant right out of the gate. A rush of sweet red cherry fruit, mocha, spice, cola, licorice and plum race across the palate. Succulent and engaging, with soft contours, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate as it shows off its sensual personality. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off. Drink: 2022-2033.

93 Points - Wine Spectator
The rich core of well-structured dark cherry and red berry flavors show vibrant minerality and savoriness, with fine-grained spiciness midpalate. Ends with a pure-tasting finish that lingers with underbrush notes. Drink now through 2025. 2,168 cases made.

Product size: 750ml 

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