Origin: United States
- Russian River Valley
As is usual for this wine, the nose and palate mirror and reference one another with repeating themes of concentrated dark fruits and rich, earthy spices. Black cherry, plums, blackberry, cassis, strawberry pie, and candied violet layer over top of hidden whiffs of cherry cola, cinnamon, tilled earth, holiday spice, and aromatic tobaccos on the nose. Similar dark and juicy fruit flavors explode on the palate, expanding throughout the mid-palate while also revealing hints of red fruits and underlying layers of pepper, vanilla bean, espresso bean, and cacao. Smoky tannins draw out a finish of light strawberries and plums. Normally considered our most hedonistic Pinot Noir, the 2008 vintage from the Russian River emphasizes this unctuous and indulgent side of the often sophisticated Pinot Noir grape. This wine drinks well in its youth. Time will temper the concentration somewhat and bring out subtle layers of spice and the silken texture that hides behind the powerful fruit for the next 5-7 years.
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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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