Emeritus Hallberg Ranch Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Russian River, California

$42.00 $36.99
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Item No. 130799
  • red wine
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

The 2011 vintage provided a rare occasion in California to make a wine elegant in style, more delicate, more fragrant and more feminine in nature than usual. This is a joyful wine that retains its freshness yet remains reserved. It is lively with vibrant acidity that carries red fruit aromas of strawberry and raspberry. This is a very special vintage for us—the year dry farming finally fulfilled its promise.

Critical Acclaim

"Impressive, offering richness, vibrancy and subtle charm, marked by snappy blackberry, red berry, spice, sage and underbrush notes. Ends with a minerally edge that holds the flavors."
93 Points

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Style: Smooth & Supple
The cork is best quality making a good first impression, the color is medium ruby with a bit of what the French call "a robe"; medium to full bodied, moderately leggy, very clean appearance. The nose is medium sized with hints of maraschino cherry or grenadine atop deep, dark cherry tones, there's some clean vanilla from the oak and some floral hints, peonies to me. Not big but deeply attractive. The balance is Burgundian with ample, bright acid atop just enough fruit. There's tannin to age a while and the alcohol is not noticeable! Mouth filling with a pretty good finish. Compare to premium Nuites St. George! Brilliant but it wants a while to mature and let the tartness settle down and the tannins to soften. I'll be trying my next bottle about 2018. Not quite great but darn close!
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Learn About Emeritus

The philosophy of Emeritus Vineyards is influenced by our founding winemaker, McDonald Don Blackburn. Don, born in Virginia, studied and worked in Burgundy for many years before returning to America. He believed that when Pinot Noir achieves its highest expression, there is no wine that can compare with it. Don observed that, historically, a disproportionately high number of the...

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Learn 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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