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Fort Ross Vineyard

2011 Symposium Pinot Noir

2011 Symposium Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Harvest Date
September 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011
Aging
10 months in 100% French oak; 15% new
Bottling Date
August, 2012
Alcohol %
13
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine Advocate
92
Add To Cart
$52.00
 
SKU: FOSYM11

From our mountain vineyard that overlooks the Sonoma Coast and now part of the new Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area, 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.

97% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinotage

92 Points - Wine Advocate, Robert Parker
The 2011 Pinot Noir Symposium is a smaller cuvée made from 97% Pinot Noir blended with 3% Pinotage, which makes sense given the owners are from South Africa. This sees about 15% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is spectacular Pinot Noir, with notes of forest floor, Asian soy and plum sauce, mulberry, black cherry and some gamey, smokey notes. The wine is ripe, medium to full-bodied and beautifully made. It should age nicely for 10-12 years or so.

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Estate grown and produced, with the added expertise of winemaker Jeff Pisoni, this is an oaky, stemmy and earthy coastal wine, silky and seamless in red cherry, pomegranate, nutmeg and brambly black tea. Exotic, slightly savory and well-restrained, it includes 3% Pinotage, another specialty of the producer. —V.B.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of dark fruits and black tea with a hint of sage perfectly introduce the black cherry and raspberry to the palate. Symposium is 97% Pinot Noir blended with just 3% Pinotage, which adds subtle notes of spice and earthy bramble. Ripe cherry echoes on the palate, where layers of lush plum and stone fruits intermingle with a whisper of nutmeg and vanilla.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in 2 gallon trays 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 15% new and 85% 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. The wine was bottled unfined & unfiltered. After extensive blending trials we decided on 97% Pinot Noir and 3% Pinotage

2011 Symposium Pinot Noir

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Harvest Date
September 24, 2011 - October 2, 2011
Aging
10 months in 100% French oak; 15% new
Bottling Date
August, 2012
Alcohol %
13
Wine Enthusiast
90
Wine Advocate
92
Add To Cart
$52.00
 
SKU: FOSYM11