Russian River Pinot Noir 2001

VINEYARD
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Yeild: 2.5 tons per acre average
Vine age: 5 years average, irrigated

HARVEST
Harvest date: September 22nd, 2001
Harvest Brix: 24.5 average

WINEMAKING
Hand harvested grapes 100% destemmed ● Fermented in small open top stainless steel fermenters ● Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermention ● 5 days cold soak and 21 days total cuvasion in average ● Aged an average of 16 months in French oak barrels: 50% new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau and Francois Freres ● Bottle unrefined and unfiltered on February of 2003 ● Bottle aged 8 months when released in October of 2003.
WINEMAKERS NOTES AND COMMENTS:
This wine comes from one of the premium vineyards in the Russian River Valley, located between Sebastopol and Forestville on gently sloping hills. Primarily grown in the sandy Goldridge soil, the result is a wine with flavors of red jammy fruits and orange peel combined with a black cherry character generally found in the region's Pinot Noir. The already soft tannins are enchanced by a creamy texture provided by sweet oak. The finish carries the spicy dark fruit and reveals earthy and complex flavors.
Russian River Pinot Noir 2001
PRODUCTION:
100 Cases of 750 ml «
20 cases of 375 ml «
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