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2010

Pinot Noir

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Intense garnet in color, this stately pinot noir is sturdy in both assertiveness and refinement. Aromas of black cherry, cola and violet lead to a structured palate dense with blueberries, blackberries, spice and tea leaf. The lengthy finish is punctuated with anise and finely grained yet ample firm tannins.

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93 Points Wine Spectator

“Offers a rich medley of blackberry and raspberry, with a touch of floral and black licorice.  Tightly focused and well-structured, this is long on the finish.  Drink now through 2019. ”
James Laube

92 Points Wine Advocate

“Tremendous. Not a wine for the timid, the 2010 explodes from the glass with huge dark red and black fruit, spices, flowers, cloves and tobacco. A dark, masculine brooding wine, the 2010 is going to be fun to follow. A big, big wine, the 2010 Ulises Valdez captures the sense of the Russian River Valley in its explosive, exuberant personality. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 30

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
5-day cold soak, 16 days total maceration
Hand-punched cap
Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 62% new
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012