Russian River Pinot Noir 2005
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Yield: 2.2 tons per acre average
Vines: 11 years average, sandy Goldridge, irrigated
Clones: Beringer, 115, Jackson 9, Swan
Harvest date: two lots picked Sept.23rd and
Oct. 6th ,2005
Harvest Brix: 25.5 average
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed. Fermented in one Rousseau 2T French oak open top fermenter and T-Bins ● Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation ● 5 days cold soak and 18 days total cuvaison average ● Aged an average of 17 months in French oak barrels ● 40 % new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau, Remond and Taransaud. Bottled unfined and unfiltered on February 28th, 2007 ● Bottle aged 6 months ● Released in August 2007
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
The backbone of this blend comes from one of our favorite vineyards in the Russian River Valley located between Sebastopol and Forestville on gently sloping hills.
An extended cool and unusually wet spring set the stage for a late harvest. A long, temperate growing season followed, allowing for slow, full and even ripening of the fruit. The multiple sun exposures and the diverse clonal selection of this vineyard enabled us to be more flexible with our picking dates for an optimum maturity of our different blocks. The wine displays its typical Russian River attributes such as cola, orange peel, macerated cherries and oriental spices while its dark and earthy structure reveal an ageing potential for the next 4 to 6 years.
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