2009 Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir
This deep garnet wine has a complex nose of spice, boysenberry, black tea and forest floor. On the palate the wine has a refreshing, brisk mouthfeel with rich flavors of plum, blueberry, boysenberry, cinnamon, clove and sassafras cola. The beauty of the wine is in its bright, well defined flavors and its long finish.
1 Puff (89 pts), Connoisseurs' Guide: "marries fruity muscle with finer balancing acids; supple and fairly full on the palate"
Gold Medal: American Fine Wine Competition
93 pts, PinotReport: "silky texture, good structure and balance, long finish. Deep, rich Pinot with really nice layers of flavor."
September 5th and 9th, 2009
16 months in 100% French, 30% new barrels
March 2, 2011
Russian Hill’s Estate Vineyards provide a rich source of Pinot noir from various soil types and clones. The majority of the fruit for this wine is from our Sunny View Vineyard, located to our southeast in the Santa Rosa Plain region of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard has a clay soil with layers of sand at various depths and the area is low lying with very cool and foggy conditions resulting in consistently low yields. We planted this vineyard in 1999 to Dijon clones 667, 777 and Pommard; one additional acre was later budded over to Dijon 828. A small portion of the wine is also sourced from our home site Tara Vineyard which we planted in 1998 with Dijon clone 115.
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.
1262 cases, 750ml
149 cases, 375ml