Lot #21 CIRQ

WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS

Pinot Noir
  • Russian River Valley

2021
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

“Welcome to the Circus” is a nod to Winemaker Michael Browne’s history as a young man growing up performing in the circus in Washington, which is the inspiration behind the CIRQ wines and label. This lot was created especially for the 2022 Sonoma County Barrel Auction and will never be bottled again. Very different from a usual CIRQ vintage, this blend comes from two prized and contrasting vineyards within the Russian River Valley, Koplen, located east of Olivet Road in Santa Rosa and Guidici, a hillside vineyard among the redwoods of Occidental.

Each vintage CIRQ changes the back label on its wines to pay tribute to the “Greatest Show on Earth” and the magic behind the experience. Similarly, Michael strives to make the best Pinot Noir he possibly can each year, and if you are on the list and able to receive an allocation, you have admission to “the show.”

Michael carefully selects fruit from vineyards that complement each other, followed by an arduous blending process, to create distinct Pinot Noir wines. “Welcome to the Circus” showcases the diversity and cooperative nature of the Russian River Valley. Koplen brings rich deep black fruit to the bright elevated red fruits Guidici. Expect a medley of dark cherry, raspberries, and freshly picked blackberries with a supple, mouth-filling texture, complemented by bright acidity, with an elegant and long-lasting finish.

WINEMAKER(S): Michael Browne

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: February 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: October 2023

National Distribution: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, MA, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, NC, VA, WA

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.