Character begins and ends with the soil. The Perfect Circle is RSV's philosophy of working with nature to close the loop, going beyond the quick fix, to find natural, holistic methods that sever dependency on, and the quick fix mentality of, chemical farming. Conventional farming is more like mining whereas organic, and particularly Biodynamic, farming mimics nature's processes to replenish the soil through natural methods. What comes out, must go back in. This is the Perfect Circle.
The Perfect Circle is also a non-profit arm of the Robert Sinskey Foundation designed to improve our understanding of natural processes and give back to the land through grants and education.
All RSV wines with this designation will have a percentage of their proceeds donated to non-profit organizations that either educate youth about organic agriculture, preserve heirloom agricultural products, or develop sustainable farm energy programs. If all goes well, A Perfect Circle will fund an integrated farm dedicated to teaching the methods of Organic and Biodynamic farming.
Every vineyard and every growing season creates a wine with a personality born of the elements. Pinot Noir, in particular, is an impressionable, expressive variety. The character of the grape is sculpted by heat summation, modified by weather anomalies and defined by timing. It's how minutiae elucidates character that makes Pinot Noir the ideal conduit for capturing the essence of vineyard and vintage in a bottle.
RSV's Perfect Circle Pinot Noirs are a culmination of over twenty five years of working with the rhythms of nature, learning the eccentricities of the grape and discovering how the two interact with place.
RSV began planting vineyards in 1982 and today farms over 170 acres of CCOF certified Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic vineyards. RSV began conversion of the vineyards in 1991 with the goal of creating resilient vines that produce expressive fruit of regional distinction. Only natural inputs go into these vineyards, many produced on site in the form of cover crops, grazing sheep and compost. RSV believes that healthy soil leads to healthy vines that, in turn, produce flavorful and nutritionally sound grapes, requiring little intervention in the winery to produce beautiful wine. This is just one aspect of the Perfect Circle.