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2004 PINOT NOIR. Fort Ross Vineyard. Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

2004 PINOT NOIR. Fort Ross Vineyard. Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

 

 

Soaring aromatics of bright black cherry, blackberry and raspberry are graced with notes of cola, sandalwood and delicate tea rose petals with just a hint of vanilla.  The revealing entry entices with vibrant, ripe black fruits that are perfectly balanced by the finely structured tannins. The smoothly textured finish maintains the elegance and finesse that defines this expressive Pinot Noir.


91 POINTS : WINE SPECTATOR
Shows fragrant notes of spice, wild berry, black cherry and flowers. Intense yet supple, this is polished and elegant, ending with a delicate, fruity aftertaste that lingers. Drink now through 2011. —J.L.

2004 Pinot Noir Tech Sheet

Wine Specs

Vintage 2004
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date September, 2004
Acid .52g/100ml
Aging 11 Months
Alcohol % 14.5

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Soaring aromatics of bright black cherry, blackberry and raspberry are graced with notes of cola, sandalwood and delicate tea rose petals with just a hint of vanilla. The revealing entry entices with vibrant, ripe black fruits that are perfectly balanced by the finely structured tannins. The smoothly textured finish maintains the elegance and finesse that defines this expressive Pinot Noir.
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 45% new and 55% used French oak. Throughout the 11 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.
Other Notes After a very early budbreak and warm weather that accelerated vine development, it looked as if we would have a bountiful crop. However the weather turned cold during bloom and there was a very light berry set. Some blocks ultimately produced only a half a ton per acre. The climate was then moderate for most of the growing season but during August and early September there was a period of unusually hot and dry weather. Being so near to the ocean we were able to wait for the desired level of ripeness and fortunately the weather cooled off. The vineyard's marine-moderated climate allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully into mid-late September when we harvested small berries with complete flavor development and lively acidity.
 

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