The final blend contains a small percentage of Syrah and Tannat to enhance richness and structure. A quintessential Russian River Pinot Noir that presents elegant and mouthwatering aromas and flavors of black cherry, cream, vanilla, earth with subtle undertones of spice and cranberry.
Owners John and Lane Giguiere have been growing grapes and making wine for more than 25 years in the Dunnigan Hills of California. After selling their family’s company, R.H. Philips, they started Crew Wines in 2005, naming the company in honor of the many staff members who left Phillips to join Crew. Mossback is an old fashioned term for farmer, which references the Giguiere’s long family history of farming, as well as the mossy rocks, tree trunks and end posts prevalent in the cool Russian River Valley of California.
|(97% Pinot Noir/2% Dunnigan Hills Syrah/1% Tannat). A blend of Russian River Valley fruit from highly regarded growers was harvested by hand, destemmed and cold soaked for 72 hours in small fermentors. During fermentation, the wine was pumped over several times a day and then aged in three-year-old French oak barrels for nine months.
Mossback is an old fashioned term for farmer. The Giguiere family has a long history of farming, and for the Mossback brand we have sought fruit from some of the most renowned farmers in the Russian River Valley. The name also conjures up images of the mossy rocks, tree trunks and end posts that are so prevalent in the cool Russian River Valley.
About the Appellation
This brand consists of a Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Chalk Hill appellation.