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2008

Pinot Noir

Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

From the iron-rich, Goldridge soils of our estate vineyard emerges a pinot noir of striking complexity, concentration and sophistication. Ruby-hued and intensely aromatic with Bing cherry, spice and forest floor, it resonates with pure pinot noir character. Seamless layers of wild raspberry, cola, violets and cedar intertwine and gain depth through a midpalate framed by supple tannins and clove that create an elegant, lingering finish. Alcohol 14.6%

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95 points Wine Advocate

“It exhibits copious aromas of black currants, black cherries, raspberries, underbrush and spring flowers as well as a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel and a multilayered texture.  This dazzling Pinot Noir can be enjoyed over the next decade.”
Robert Parker Jr.

91 points International Wine Cellar

“Vivid ruby. An intensely perfumed, exotic bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, incense, cinnamon and gingerbread. Juicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors provide excellent palate coverage and become spicier with aeration. Extremely suave pinot with a long, sappy, sweet finish that echoes the floral note. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 24 - October 2

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 15 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 16 months in Seguin Moreau and Francois Frères French oak barrels; 68% new
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010