Pinot Noir
Fort Ross Vineyard, 2002

$ 80.00

In view of the Pacific Ocean, this vineyard occupies a unique location favorable to cool climate varieties. Exhibiting the sassafras, red fruit and rose hip character often found in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, this wine is both generous and refined. This unfined, unflitered wine should reward those with both ample and slight patience.

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Winemaker's Notes

We began our label with wine produced solely from my dad’s vineyard in Alexander Valley in 1991. Since the late 1990s, we have included cooler-climate loving varieties from sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. We are pleased to introduce you this year to our newest relationship: the Fort Ross Vineyard, first planted in the late 1990s, right on the edge of the continent. Due to the nearly vertical slope of the western sea-facing ridge and its elevation (around 1500 ft), this vineyard enjoys the better aspects of this location . . .generally moderate temperatures during the growing season, tempered by — but resting above — the fog.

This is what Pinot Noir on the Sonoma Coast is about. It has more structure and focus than the more open and generous Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs that we released last August. Sassafras and red fruits come out of the glass hours after being poured, indicating a long life ahead. This wine is the graceful, balanced, yet perfectly conditioned gymnast. There will be another bottling released next year called ‘High Slopes’ which is the most dense, nearly impenetrable part of the vineyard.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Wine EnthusiastNovember 2005

    Tasted alongside Scherrer’s regular Sonoma Coast Pinot, this one’s considerably richer and crisper. It’s tart in fresh young acids, with marvelously complex waves of cherries, pomegranates, cola, sweet rhubarb, espresso and pepper, in a silky-smooth texture. Offers compellingly good drinking. 93 points. Steve Heimhoff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    DecanterNovember 2005

    Oaky, berry nose; rich, concentrated, peppery; bright finish. Drink now – 2010 4 stars. Stephen Brook

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