Russian River Pinot Noir 2003

VINEYARD
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Yield: 2 tons per acre average
Vine age: 9 Years average, irrigated

HARVEST
Harvest date: September 20th, 2003
Harvest Brix: 27 average

WINEMAKING
Hand harvested grapes ● 100 % destemmed ● Fermented in small open top stainless steel fermenters and T-Bins ● Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation 5 days cold soak and 21 days total cuvaison in average ● Aged an average of 18 months in French oak barrels ● 40 % new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau and Francois Freres ● Bottled unfined and unfiltered on May of 2005 ● Bottle aged 6 months when released in October of 2005.

WINEMAKERS TASTING 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. An early bud break was followed by a long and dampest spring on record in the 2003 vintage. As a result, bloom was delayed and yields reduced for early varieties like pinot noir. Once again, the weather at harvest provided a couple of heat waves that allowed everything to catch up eventually. As its 2001 cousin, the 2003 Verve was primarily grown on our favorite block in the sandy Goldridge soil. It shows a darker side with black cherry flavors, damp earth, truffles and minerality combined with tobacco and Asian spices. Even though the wine will certainly benefit from further bottle ageing, the already soft tannins are enhanced by a creamy texture provided by the sweet oak.
Russian River Pinot Noir 2003
PRODUCTION
100 Cases of 750 ml «
20 Cases of 375 ml «
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