Passion Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley climate is defined by warm days, cool nights, summer fog and a long growing season that coaxes grapes to consistent, slow maturity with balanced sugar and acidity.


Williamson Passion Pinot Noir ®

From our Russian River vineyard this beautiful Pinot shows a nice garnet color leading to intense cherry fruit flavors with hints of delicate rose petals. Rich, ripe fruit leads into a sensual, soft mouth feel and a pleasant, slightly tart finish.

Decant for an hour before serving after which enticing cherry flavors emerge, punctuated by spicy cola, making it a wonderful companion for soft earthy foods like duck, mushroom ravioli, salmon with truffle salt, etc.


About Passion Pinot Noir ®

Single Dijon clones do not usually make a complete wine as each clone makes its own personality statement. It is usual for Dijon clones to be blended with the Pommard clone but there are exceptions.

The Pommard clone was originally sourced from the Château de Pommard in Burgundy and Passion is a great example of a pure Pommard clone that does not need to be blended with other clones to be a great wine.

What gives Passion its exciting variance is the fact that it grows on both a north-facing and a south-facing slope and half way down each slope the soil structure changes from gravely red soil to sandy loam and gravel but both over a nice limestone clay sub-strata.


Pairing Food with Passion Pinot Noir ®

Passion shows ripe cherry on the nose with a touch of floral notes in the center pallet and a slightly tart finish. It will work best paired with foods having the following characteristics.

  • Texture – Soft to Medium
  • Flavor - Single earthy flavors
  • Spice – Low spice content
  • Loves – Truffle Salt

Perfect paired with mushroom, plum sauce or truffle seasonings on dishes like salmon, duck, lamb or pasta.   More . . .


Background of Passion Pinot Noir ®

The gravelly Gold Ridge loam is the distinguishing characteristic of the Vine Hill region that produces some of the most outstanding Pinot Noir in California. The clay/gravel soil is covered with 12 to 18 inches of Gold Ridge Sandy Loam. This vineyard reaches maturity later than neighboring vineyards and produces our rich elegant Passion Pinot Noir with soft mouth feel and a long delicate finish.