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2007

Pinot Noir

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Scented with lavender and white pepper, this sophisticated multi-dimensional pinot noir offers a striking expression of Russian River Valley character. The full-bodied, velvety, broad-shouldered palate is abundant with luxuriant flavors of black fruits, black cherry and cedar. Notes of forest floor, ginger and earth enhance complexity through the midpalate and persist over a long, memorable finish graced with rich, smooth tannins and subtle minerality. Alcohol 14.6%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Another brilliant effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez. Notes of flowers, raspberries, sassafras, fresh herbs, forest floor, beef juices, red currants, and black cherries emerge from this complex wine. Made primarily from the Calera clone, this fresh tasting 2007 should drink nicely for a decade.”
Robert Parker

92 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry preserves, brown spices and minerals. Lively, finely etched red and dark berry flavors show very good depth and betray no rough edges. Becomes juicier on the finish, where the red fruit notes echo strongly. ”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date September 22 & 27

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early and set a crop of small clusters and highly concentrated berries. Summer brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison. Several heat spikes in August anticipated an early start to crush, but temperatures cooled in early September, allowing ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5- to-6-day cold soak, 15 to 16 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 68% new
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009