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Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir

Bennett Valley

Cushing’s Block from Henry David Vineyard in Bennett Valley once again shines. Contributing to our Cushing’s Block Pinot, the Pommard Clone’s elegance and grace create a fitting counterpoint to the interplay between Calera and Swan selections’ darkness and depth. The Swan selection gives us aromatic lift and spice without overt ripeness. Both of these clones are known for their “hens and chicks” clusters. They carry a mix of both normal and dime-sized berries that bring many of our favorite characteristics to the wine—a winemaker’s dream.

Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir



Named after Joe Donelan’s second son, Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir contains lush aromas of ripe blackberry, kirsch, and plum sauce. Richness and freshness on the palate make this Bennett Valley vineyard wine irresistible. This Pinot Noir is heavily influenced by concentrated dark fruit, but there is also a beautiful mix of exotic spices and spring flowers. The interplay provides beautiful contrast and complexity to this remarkable single-vineyard Pinot.


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Origin Grapes

Pinot Noir (100%)

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

Cushing’s Block Pinot Noir hails from the beautiful and idyllic Henry David Vineyard in the southeastern corner of Bennett Valley. Here, we work with heritage Pinot Noir selections growing on rolling hills of gravel soil.

Vinification Vinification

Native-yeast fermentation in small batches with 44% in new French Oak. 17 months of élevage.

Best Drank By Drink By

3–10 years

Palate Aroma & Palate

Ripe blackberry, kirsch, plum sauce, exotic spice, spring flowers.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

Glazed duck breast with Chinese five-spice.

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