2015 The Terraces Pinot Noir
From our mountain vineyard that overlooks the Sonoma Coast in the 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 32 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, that range in elevation from 1700 down to 1200 feet above sea level. Owners, Lester and Linda Schwartz with their small crew began preparing the 52-acre vineyard in 1994. It took them 4 years of preparation before they could begin planting. The year 2000 marked the first vintage from the Fort Ross Vineyard.
91 Points - Wine Advocate
"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir The Terraces opens with warm black cherries, mulberries and red plum notes with touches of lavender and Provence herbs. Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing backbone lifting the perfumed black berry flavors, it has a fine-grained frame and earthy finish. 120 cases produced." -Lisa Perotti-Brown
Excellent - Dan Berger
A younger version of the above wine with a bit more spice and personality. The smaller blocks that are terraced here have some distinctive clones and make a perfectly balanced wine that has huge potential for 6-10 years. Decanting (2-3 hours) helps expand the fruit and indicates how superb the balance is.