A touch of Pinotage (4%) added to the Pinot Noir blend (96%) intensifies the deep, inky purple hue of this wine and its layers of spice, brambles, ripe plums and a hint of sandalwood. Symposium is a generous wine with the consistently fine structure and minerality of all Fort Ross wines.
2002 Symposium Pinot Noir Tech Sheet
The touch of Pinotage to the Pinot Noir blend intensifies the deep, inky purple hue and adds layers of spice, brambles, ripe plums and a hint of sandalwood. Symposium is a generous wine with the consistently fine structure and minerality of all Fort Ross wines.
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. When blending the lots from the five Pinot Noir clones we grow in Fort Ross Vineyard, each with different qualities enhanced by the specific site and barrel choice, this unique wine from some of our intended Reserve and Vineyard Designate lots evolved. After extensive blending trials, we decided on 96% Pinot noir and 4% Pinotage. It was bottles unfined and unfiltered.
Many have hailed 2002 as the finest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir. We are delighted with our 2002 Pinot Noirs. Overall, the growing season was mild, with a few temperature spikes in May and June. July, August, and September were typical for the region - moderately warm days with a gentle dip in the temperature at night.