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2003 PINOT NOIR RESERVE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

2003 PINOT NOIR RESERVE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

 

 

The deep, opulent garnet hue seduces while the graceful aromatics of black raspberry, cola and rose petals entice.  The elegantly integrated layers of plush blackberry, dark cherry and hints of sassafras dance on the palate through the supple finish.  The harmonious balance of delicate tannins and lively acidity will enable this wine to age with finesse and distinction.

Wine Specs

Vintage 2003
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date October, 2003
Acid .58g/100ml
Alcohol % 14.7

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes The deep, opulent garnet hur seduces while the graceful aromatics of black raspberry, cola and rose petals entice. The elegantly integrated layers of plush blackberry, dark cherry and hints of sassafras dance on the palate through the supple finish. The harmonious balance of delicate tannins and lively acidity will enable this wine to age with finesse and distinction.
Winemaker Notes The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in 5 gallon buckets. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days and fermented in a combination of 1 and 5 ton fermenters. The caps were punched down 1, 2 or 3 times per day, depending on the stage of the fermentation. The wines were then barreled in a combination of 50% new and 50% 1 year used French oak. Throughout the 17 months of barrel aging, the clones and 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. Fred Scherrer, Winemaker
Other Notes Following the near perfect vintage of 2002, 2003 lived up to the challenge and provided Fort Ross with wonderfully ripe Pinot Noir. Although there were significant heat waves in early September 2003, the vineyard's marine-moderated climate allowed the Pinot Noir to ripen slowly and fully into early October.
 

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