Origin: United States
- Russian River Valley
The nose and palate of this wine present a consistent mirror to one another, with subtle changes that work forward from the long, finishing nose and and lingering after-taste. The fresh, unctuous fruitiness shows wild cherry, ripe raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry, lifted with a delicate whiff of candied violets and rose petals. Deeper notes of smoke, toast, pepper, coffee, cacao, and tobacco and a gripping tannic finish add layers of sophistication to the hedonism of the fruit. This wine brings to mind the classic Pinot Noir descriptive, "An iron fist in a velvet glove." With time, the lushness of the fruit will settle, brining out a more silken texture and emphasizing a long, elegant finish. We expect this wine to develop gracefully for 4-6 years, but this one may surprise us by going even longer.
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||UPC - bottle
||7 84585 01315 9
Dry - less than 4 grams/liter
We fermented in our one ton, open-top tanks, layering the bottom 25% of each tank with whole clusters of fruit, adding structure and spice notes to the back palate and balancing the otherwise plush fruit of Gilbert’s Vineyard. In addition, we added a small amount of Dijon clones 115 and 777 from the Archer Vineyard. A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented and completed with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged entirely in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling. Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling.
2008 Ancien Russian River Pinot Noir - 88 PTS - Burghound
"A more deeply pitched nose of moderately spicy red and blue pinot fruit combines with plum hints before introducing rich, lush and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that possess a bit more finishing complexity. This is quite pretty and about the only nit is a touch of finishing warmth"
Burghound, 88 pts
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