Bottle Shot The Cusp

The Cusp

90 Points

The Cusp fully embraces the tension between Russian River fog and Sonoma sunshine. A proudly new-world Pinot, with a full, round body, packed with concentrated dark fruit, but beautifully balanced and unexpectedly complex.


The 2021 growing season was drier than normal and received very little rain. The summer was mild which allowed for the fruit to hang a bit longer than usual. The vineyards and fruit load were managed according to how much water was available for each individual vineyard. There were a few hot spells in the early fall where some of the younger vineyards and vineyards with low water supply felt the effects. Overall, the 2021 growing season provided lower yields with good structure and well-balanced flavors.


Our Trenton Road Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County, and ideally situated to benefit from morning fog and afternoon sunshine. From the vineyard’s 45 acres, we selected fruit from eight blocks: Old Barn, Lions Ridge East, Richard’s Ridge North, Pasta Boys Hill, Richard’s Crown, Richard’s Ridge South, and Lawn & Roller Coaster East. The grapes were hand-picked September 4-9, 2021.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of dried cherries, rose and magnolia are interwoven with light vanilla coffee and hints of pine needle and resin. Juicy concentrated strawberry and cherry compote flavors on the front palate are balanced by a weightier yet elegant mid-palate. Hints of vanilla bean pannacotta leads to a lingering, mouthwatering finish with bright coastal acidity.

Ratings (v 2018)

90 Points – Wine Spectator

“Fresh cherry and dried raspberry flavors show a lot of cedar spice accents in this red, with a firm, minerally finish that has plenty of toasty notes. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made.” —K.M.

Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Mt. Eden 37, Pommard 4, Swan 97, & 777
Aging: Aged for 17 months in 33% new French oak barrels Francois Freres, Marsannay, D&J and Tremeaux
TA: 5.57 g/L | pH: 3.58 | Alcohol: 14.4%

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