Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, 2004

$ 160.00

While grown primarily in the sandy Goldridge soil, which tends to produce Pinot Noir with flavors of red fruits and orange peel, this wine also illustrates some of the deep, brooding black cherry character generally found in the region’s clay soils. It was bottled without fining or filtration, and should age gracefully for a handful of years.

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Winemaker's Notes

In a number of ways this reminds me of the Fort Ross 2001 Reserve Pinot Noir at a similar stage of development. We came through the heat spells of 2004 with a rich, concentrated wine that manages to keep its juicy acidity and even a sense of restraint. I believe it will continue to improve over the next few years, but have happily consumed bottles at home with dinner — all in the interest of research, of course. It has less sassafras than the 2003, more centered on dark fruits and center palate strength.

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