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

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

 

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Our 2004 Reserve Pinot is a deep, opulent ruby hue and is the most substantial, intense Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir to date. Generous aromas of dense wild bramble berries and currants are perfumed by hints of black tea and a touch of exotic spices. The firmly structured tannins elegantly support the concentrated tiers of ripe raspberry, black cherry and cola, and will allow this wine to age rather gracefully.  The velvety, complex finish seems to linger endlessly on the palate.


92 POINTS : WINE SPECTATOR
Deep and complex, with wonderful earth, clay, spice and earthy berry flavors that become more expansive on the palate, with dense, chewy currant, mineral and anise. Ends with a long finish and ample tannins. Drink now through 2012. —J.L.

 

2004 Pinot Noir Reserve Tech Sheet

Wine Specs

Vintage 2004
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date September 9-13, 2004
Acid .52g/100ml
Aging 11 Months
Alcohol % 14.7

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Our 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir is deep, opulent ruby hue and is the most substantial, intense Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir to date. Generous aromas of dense wild bramble berries and currants are perfumed by hints of bloack tea and a touch of exotic spices. The firmly structured tannins elegantly support the concentrated tiers of ripe raspberry, black cherry and cola, and will allow this wine to age rather gracefully. The velety, complex finish seems to linger endlessly on the palate.
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% 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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