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Fort Ross Vineyard

2002 PINOTAGE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT Image

2002 PINOTAGE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

Wine Specs
Vintage
2002
Varietal
Pinotage
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Acid
.62g/100ml
Aging
19.5 months
Alcohol %
14.5

The dark dense ruby hue is the first indication that you are about to be introduced to a wine that trumpets its exotic parentage.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
While Pinotage shares many traits with Pinot Noir, there is an exotic brambleness that distinguishes it from its more famous cousin. Our 2002 Pinotage is rich and well-structured with firm tannins that are perfectly balanced by concentrated luscious fruit. Tiers of blackberries, strawberries, rose petals and a hint of smoke are enhanced by the spicy flavors that carry through to a lengthy, integrated finish. It is the perfect accompaniment to hearty meals, spicy foods and grilled meats.
Winemaker Notes
Pinotage was first developed in South Africa in 1925 by crossing the two vinifera varieties, Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Our Pinotage consists of two Fort Ross proprietary clones, MM1 and MM3, developed from bud wood personally imported by Fort Ross from one of the most select Pinotage vineyards in South Africa. We vinify the variety much the same as our Pinot Noir. After hand sorting, the grapes were destemmed, cold soaked for several days and fermented in simple open-top fermenters and gently punched down. Shortly after pressing, the wines were barreled in a combination of new and used French oak. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Other Notes
Many have hailed 2002 as the finest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir. We are equally delighted with our 2002 Pinotage. Overall, the growing season was mild, with a few temperature spikes in May and June. July, August and September were typical for the region - moderately warm days with a gentle dip in the temperature at night.

2002 PINOTAGE. Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT

Wine Specs
Vintage
2002
Varietal
Pinotage
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Acid
.62g/100ml
Aging
19.5 months
Alcohol %
14.5