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2002 PINOT NOIR RESERVE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast  - SOLD OUT

2002 PINOT NOIR RESERVE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

92 Points - WINE ENTHUSIAST

 

 

Swirling rose petals, wisps of smoke and wet earth. Then the lush red fruit, touched with violets, sassafras and teasing spices that enhance the native minerality of the vineyard. Suffused with deep ruby color, this full bodied, well structured and balanced wine has a lingering finish and a delicate tannin and acid balance to age with elegance and distinction. Our 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir is primarily composed of old Burgundian field selections originating from Vosne-Romanée and Pommard and reflects this remarkable vintage that is considered the finest ever in California Pinot Noir.

92 POINTS : WINE ENTHUSIAST
Seems well worth the price differential from the regular bottling, for while the flavors are similarly complex, ranging from cola to black cherries to mushrooms and earth, this wine adds more floral character and a lush, velvety mouthfeel. EDITORS’ CHOICE -NOVEMBER, 2006

Wine Specs

Vintage 2002
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Acid .60g/100ml
Aging 17 months
Alcohol % 14.5

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Swirling rose petals, wisps of smoke and wet earth. Then the lush red fruit, touched with violets, sassafras and teasing spices that enhance the native minerality of the vineyard. Suffused with deep ruby color, this full bodied, well structured and balanced wine has a lingering finish and a delicate tannin and acid balance to age with elegance and distinction. Our 2002 Reserve Pinot Noir is primarily composed of old Burgundian field selections originating from Vosne-Romanee and Pommard and reflects this remarkable vintage that is considered the finest ever in California Pinot Noir.
Winemaker Notes The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in small five-gallon buckets. After hand sorting, the grapes were cold soaked for several days and fermented in simple open-top fermenters. The caps were manually punched down. Shortly after pressing, the wines were barreled in a combination of new and used French oak. Throughout fermentation and aging, the clones and the different vineyard blocks were kept separate to maintain their distinct flavor profiles and structural components as blending elements. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The final blend of this Reserve Pinot Noir was selected from individual barrels chosen for their fruit concentration, complexity and balance.
Other Notes Many have hailed 2002 as the finest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir. We are delighted with our 2002 Pinot Noir and had the rare privilege of being able to produce more Reserve Pinot Noir than usual. Overall, the growing season was mild, with a few temperature spikes in May and June. July, August and early September were typical for the region - moderately warm days with a gentle dip in the temperature at night.
 

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