Mietz Cellars Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
This Pinot is dark ruby in color with aromas of spice and dark fruits. The flavor is full bodied, with a long and persistent finish with blackberry fruit that hangs on your palate. It has great aging potential due to concentrated flavor and good acid balance.
Mietz Cellars Winery
Mietz Cellars is a small winery located at 602 Limerick Lane just south of Healdsburg, California. It's owned and run by Keith and Nancy Mietz, and their son Andrew has recently joined the business.
Their approach to wine making lies in the axiom, "Wines are made in the vineyard." We put this axiom to practice when we purchased an old, neglected vineyard in 1978. In working with the old vines we were able to absorb the nature of the terroir.
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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.
The 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.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into 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.
3 ratings, 3 with reviews
- Light & Fruity
Very smooth and a very nice Pinot at the sale price. Much better than other cheaper Pinot that tastes terrible.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Roasted Salmon with Balsmic glaze
A fine effort, more like 3 1/2, good core of dark cherries, strawberries, with cola and tea. Soft tannins and mild acidity on the finish balance the wine out well. Very good value.
I'm sure the Russian River Valley Pinot WAS great. Unfortunately Wine.com sent me the much cheaper Sonoma Pinot. When I called them on it they said "well there is some Russian River grapes in the Sonoma so its the same thing." Even though the winery sells both a Russian River and a Sonoma. Scam!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.