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2008

Pinot Noir

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

As exuberant a pinot noir as you will find from the Russian River Valley, this release from Ulises Valdez's Laguna Road vineyard is seductive with aromas of wild blackberry, pomegranate and clove. Velvet-textured and complex, the palate explodes with black cherry and kirsch, revealing subtler undertones of cola, earth and cedar as it opens in the mouth. Well-integrated oak weaves firm tannins with spice for a lasting finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Forest floor/mossy notes intermixed with fresh porcini mushrooms, black raspberries and black cherries emerge from this medium to full-bodied luscious Pinot Noir.  It is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points Wine Spectator

“Aromas of ripe, baked-blackberry and cherry pie are soft, fleshy and full-bodied, picking up spice, floral and lavender scents that are focused and complex. Drink now through 2014.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 7

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. 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, 16 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010