Sequana Dutton Ranch Green Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
A heady nose of bright red fruits and Asian spice complement the wine's full, round texture. Full flavors of cherry, dry cranberry and blueberry last through the long, fruit-filled finish. Native yeasts fermented half the lots, adding balance to the complexity of the Burgundian yeast also employed.
Wine Spectator - "Presents a bold, ripe mix of plum and blueberry flavors that are pure and focused, gaining depth and length. Ends with a dash of loamy earth."
Wine Enthusiast - "Just delicious, showing the promise of the 2010 vintage. The wine is ripe and intense in red cherry, cranberry and spice flavors, with a rich jacket of smoky oak. Feels like pure silk, while notable alcohol provides a boost of warmth for a chilly evening."
Sequana Single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands are named in honor of Sequana, the Franco-Roman goddess of the River Seine, which flows through the ancestral birthplace of Pinot Noir.
Winemaker and Pinot Noir specialist, James MacPhail, has complete control over the creation of Sequana's limited production wines – from farming to winemaking. He understands Pinot Noir's temperament, its ability to convey the signature of each single vineyard and its preference for restrained, gentle winemaking. He makes his Pinot Noirs by hand in small batches, using cold maceration and native yeasts. "My goal is to express each vineyard’s personality," says James. View all Sequana Wines
About Russian River
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review55 out of 5 stars
4 ratings, 2 with reviewsmichaelfb68 - Cherry Hill, NJ52/8/2013
Fruit forward but well structured, this wine never disappoints. Notes of cherry and plum come through and maybe some strawberry. Features a nice mouthfeel and just a hint of spice on the finish. Very smooth wine, but bigger than most Pinots and has an exquisite ruby color. Excellent pricepoint for the Green Valley as well.orwell - Oakland, CA15/25/2017Anonymous - Ridgefield, CT15/19/2017Anonymous - New York, NY58/4/2016Anonymous - Memphis, TN55/17/2016Michael Lecesse - Farmington, NY55/25/2014This Pinot has great flavor and I rate this as a buy !!!!!
- Smooth & Supple