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2010 Pinot Noir: Symposium - SOLD OUT

2010 Pinot Noir: Symposium - SOLD OUT

Fort Ross Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast

93 Points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker

In the glass this wine opens to reveal rich fruit notes of black plum, Bing cherries and bramble fruit that are amplified on the mid palate and reveal a tantalizing hint of Eastern spices on its long finish. It will respond well to cellaring. If your curiosity cannot wait, open the bottle and let it breathe for a short while before you enjoy it with your next dinner.



93 Points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
The rich, meaty, dense, multi-dimensional 2010 Pinot Noir Symposium tastes like a grand cru from the Cote de Nuits. Notes of forest floor, black currants, black cherries and smoky tobacco leaf are followed by a wine with beautiful fruit and a silky texture. Consume it over the next 5-7 years. These are impressive offerings from Fort Ross. - Robert Parker



Wine Specs

Vintage 2010
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation Fort Ross Vineyard
Harvest Date October 14, 2010
Aging 8 months in 100% French oak; 25% new
Bottling Date June 26, 2011
Alcohol % 14.5
Robert Parker 93

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Vivid aromas of dark fruit with tiers of dusty cedar, cardamom and black tea notes introduce this firm, focused, intense Pinot Noir. The 4% of Pinotage adds layers of sandalwood and earthy bramble to the concentrated core of dark berry, wild berry and black plum. There is purity to the finish where the vineyard’s signature minerality and acidity accompany the expansive fruit with great finesse.
Vineyard Notes From our mountain vineyard, now part of the new Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area that includes the few steep mountain top vineyards that overlook the Sonoma Coast, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery produces limited quantities of single vineyard, Estate grown, cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage. With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean less than one mile away, the vineyard is divided into 30 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, that rapidly fall from 1700 down to 1200 feet above sea level. Owners, Lester and Linda Schwartz and their small crew began preparing the 50 acre vineyard in 1994. It took them 4 years of preparation before they could begin planting the first vines in 1998.
Winemaker Notes The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in 5 gallon buckets. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days and fermented in a combination of 5 and 10 ton tanks. The caps were punched down 1 or 2 times per day, depending on the stage of the fermentation. The wines were then barreled in a combination of 24% new and 76% neutral French oak. Throughout the 10 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.

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