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Fort Ross Vineyard

2009 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir Accolades

90 Points - WINE ENTHUSIAST, October 2011

Alluring aromas of boysenberry, raspberry, and rose petal are an elegant prelude to the luscious flavors that follow. Rich, plush tiers of ripe plum and wild blackberries seamlessly intertwine with hints of cassis and vanilla bean which is balanced by the minerality that lingers through the lengthy finish.

Excellent - The Sea Slopes bottling is fragrant and full bodied, with fine character (red currant, plum, rose petal) and overtones of toast, and modest oak. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. 809 cases.

90 Points - WINE ENTHUSIAST - October 2011 Issue
Fruit is the star of this wine. It’s gigantic and forward in sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that taste wild, picked under a hot summer sun. Fortunately, there’s a lot of acidity, and firm tannins provide additional structure. The finish is thoroughly dry. A bit in your face now, but could do interesting things over the years. —S.H.