Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma
Yield: 2.2 tons per acre average
Vines: 10 years average, sandy Goldridge, irrigated
Clones: Beringer, 777, Pommard, 828, Cruz
425 Cases of 750 ml
Harvest date: four lots picked from Sept.13rd to Sept.30th, 2006
Harvest Brix: 27 average
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed. Fermented in one Rousseau 2 ton French oak open top fermenter and T-Bins. Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation. 3 days cold soak and 21 days total average cuvaison. Aged an average of 17 months in French oak barrels: 40 % new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau and Saint Martin. Bottled unfined and unfiltered on February 1st, 2008. Bottle aged 6 months. Released on October 1st, 2008.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSThe 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. In 2006, we added one other vineyard, from west of Sebastopol, planted 8 years ago with clones 777 and Cruz. The multiple sun exposures and the diverse clonal selection of our vineyards enables us to be flexible with our picking dates for an optimum maturity of our different blocks. The wine’s aroma is ripe and vibrant, showing plum and cherry fruit and savory spices. The mouth continues with more deep, black cherry fruit laced with sassafras, allspice, forest floor, and dark chocolate. Serious and age-worthy, the wine has a long finish marked by cocoa and earthy, but perfectly ripe tannins.