Pinot Noir
Fort Ross Vineyard – ‘High Slopes’, 2003

$ 140.00

Some of the vineyard parcels here are west-facing, steep and quite dry. They produce concentrated wines with great depth. This wine is an assemblage of the most harmonious barrels from these parcels. Unfined and unfiltered, this dense and complex wine should develop well over the next decade.

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Winemaker's Notes

Decreased yields due to somewhat erratic bloomtime weather conditions have led to even higher levels of concentration here than we saw from the 2002 High Slopes. I believe that Pinot Noir’s first requirement is to be graceful at reasonable maturity, yet this wine’s tight structure and great concentration will reward the patient. The impatient can splash-decant it to glimpse a view of what the future holds. This should be a very long-lived wine. Red and black fruits, iodine (this is good), and a touch of sassafras are the theme here.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateRobert Parker

    A longtime winemaker for Tom Dehlinger, Fred Scherrer has kept the lid on pricing, offering consumers very fine wines at realistic prices. Revealing forest floor, fresh mushroom, black cherry, kirsch, beet root, and spice characteristics, the 2003 Pinot High Slopes is a ripe, medium to full-bodied effort that should last 7-8 years. 90 points.

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