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2007 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Bottling Date
March 02, 2009
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2007 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir

The combination of a great vintage and excellent vineyard sources are unmistakable in this rich, elegant, luscious Pinot noir that is both fruit forward and complex in its layers of flavors. Blueberry, raspberry, black berry, nutmeg and tones of licorice and tobacco combine with a rich textural mouthfeel to deliver a beautifully balanced wine.

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93 pts, PinotReport: "rich, deep, intense red cherry flavors with earthy, mineral tones."

90 pts, Robert Whitley: "balanced and elegant....Socko stuff for the price".

1 puff, Connoisseurs' Guide: "nicely fruity aromas featuring bright red cherry scents"

Gold Medal:  Houston International Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal: American Fine Wine Competition

Gold Medal: Houston International Wine Competition

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Russian Hill’s Estate Vineyards provide a rich source of Pinot noir from various soil types and clones. Tara Vineyard, located adjacent to our winery on an easterly facing slope of alluvial clay, was planted to Dijon clone 115 in 1998. Sunny View Vineyard, planted to Pommard and Dijon clones 667 and 777 in 1999, is located to our southeast in the Santa Rosa Plain region of the Russian River Valley. The soil there is a combination of clay and sand and the climate is foggier and somewhat cooler than at Tara Vineyard. Both vineyards have slowly been brought to maturity and irrigation is minimized to ensure concentration of flavors and aim for eventual dry farming.
Production Notes
The grapes for our Estate Vineyards Pinot noir were harvested on September 6th and 8th, three weeks earlier than normal, at brix ranging from 24.2 to 25.3 and a devastatingly low yield of 1.91 tons per acre.
Winemaker Notes
After sorting, the grapes were gently destemmed into small, custom designed open top fermenters and kept below 50°F for a five day cold soak. Tanks were then individually warmed to allow fermentation to take place in a timely manner followed by cooling as needed to maintain temperatures below 85°F. Thrice daily pneumatic punch downs took place during the cold soak and fermentation. Once dry, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press keeping free run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels.
Other Notes
The 2007 growing season began with a colder than normal winter followed by a very dry spring requiring early irrigation. Cluster formation appeared average at first but unseasonably cool spring weather caused considerable shatter with eventual yields down by 30 to 40%. There were no real heat spells until very late in the season but hot weather at this point caused the Pinot noir harvest to be fast and furious.