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2010

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

Deep ruby in color, this complex pinot noir offers aromas of wild berries, rose petals, cola and tobacco. The silky, supple palate is brimming with raspberry, caramel fleur de sel, lavender, cardamom; all supported with a mineral backbone.

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91 Points Wine Spectator

“Perfumed and supple, with rich black cherry, blackberry, floral and spice, gaining depth and nuance. Ends with tight, chewy tannins.”
James Laube

91 Points International Wine Cellar

“Bright ruby.  High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, allspice and rose.  Silky, gently sweet and focused, with very good depth and intense, floral-accented red fruit character.  Silky tannins add focus and shape.  This suave wine drinks very well right now. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 28 – October 12

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 4-7 day cold soak, 15 day average total maceration
• Direct to press; 2.5% whole cluster
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 48% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2011