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2006 PINOT NOIR: SYMPOSIUM  Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

2006 PINOT NOIR: SYMPOSIUM Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

Enticing aromas of vivid bright cherry and red raspberry...layers of wild strawberry, lush plum and stone fruits intermingle.

 

 

To this vibrant Pinot Noir we blended in a just touch of Pinotage (4%) which adds a subtle hint of earthy bramble to the enticing aromas of vivid bright cherry and red raspberry. Ripe cherry echoes on the palate, where layers of wild strawberry, lush plum and stone fruits intermingle with a whisper of nutmeg and delicate vanilla. The signature minerality consistent in all Fort Ross wines carries through the smooth texture of the elegant finish of this well balanced 2006 Pinot Noir.

2006 Pinot Noir: Symposium

Wine Specs

Vintage 2006
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date October, 2006
Acid .57g/100ml
Aging 9 Months
Bottling Date June 28, 2007
Alcohol % 14.1

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes To this vibrant Pinot Noir we blended in just a touch of Pinotage (4%) which adds a subtle hint of earthy branble to the enticing aromas of vivd bright cherry and red raspberry. Ripe cherry echoes on the palate, where layers of wild strawberry, lush plum and stone fruits intermingle with a whisper of nutmeg and delicate vanilla. The signature minerality consistent in all Fort Ross wines carried through the smooth texture of the elegant finish of this well balanced 2006 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. When blending the lots from the five Pinot Noir clones we grow in the 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.
Other Notes The long, mostly cool summer allowed for steady development, giving the grapes a generous hang time to achieve physiological ripeness and full flavors. The spectacular weather during bloom was probably the best since the memorable 1997 vintage for coastal vineyards and the set was ideal, the finest in the 9 year history of Fort Ross Vineyard. The vineyards marine-moderated climate allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully into early October when we harvested small berries with complete flavor development.
 

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