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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 108886)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 season was spectacular with temperate conditions. It was much drier and cooler overall with a heat spike in late August. This produced smaller, more concentrated fruit and the grapes benfited from the added "hang time" at the end of the season with good Brix at harvest

The challenge with Pinot Noir is to get enough extract from the grape skins without turning the wine into something too heavy and rustic. This wine has an elegant, pure fruit forward style with the brilliant intensity of rich mouthwatering Bing cherry, blackberry and spice. The luxurious density, beautiful structure and velvety texture on the palate are hallmarks of this vintage and make this wine a superlative example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

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About Picket Fence:

Picket Fence wines grew out of our long friendship and a shared desire to create handcrafted wines that reflect the awe-inspiring appeal of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley. This spectacular region is a place of unparalleled beauty with unique growing conditions and vineyards. When we decided to make a wine together, we embraced the Russian River Valley as our winemaking home. Picket Fence also reunites old friends, vineyard manager Pete Opatz and winemaker Don Van Staaveren, two wine legends who have crafted some of Sonoma County's most highly acclaimed wines. Pete brings intimate knowledge of the Russian River appellation and cultivates flavorful grapes that fully express the exceptional characteristics found in our Picket Fence vineyards. Don blends these grapes to reveal their true essence, creating luscious wines with the classic Russian River profile of richness and balance. Created in small lots, Picket Fence Chardonnay and Pinot Noir celebrate our passion for the Russian River Valley and our sentiment that wine is a way of bringing family and friends together.