Radio Coteau Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Russian River, California
On a stunning hillside vineyard located northwest of Philo, Savoy's Pinot Noir grapes develop intense flavor over a growing season lengthened by the cooling maritime influence that funnels through the Anderson Valley. A complex patchwork of clonal selections, each block is farmed to its own specific needs. Hand-picked in the early morning and trucked to the cellar while the fruit is cold allows for optimum handling and whole berry integrity. With multiple seasons working with the fruit from this special site, Radio Coteau continues the practice of studying the depth of the Savoy vineyard. Each year has provided a platform to massage the noble tannin structure, refine its grace, retain ageability, and yet capture fresh vibrancy.
International Wine Cellar - "The 2009 Pinot Noir Savoy is a juicy, forward wine that gives the impression of being best suited to drinking over the next few years. Red cherries, crushed flowers and sweet spices are nicely supported by mineral notes in this vibrant, radiant Pinot. A final burst of fruit gives this finish an attractive element of energy."
Burghound.com - "This is also quite restrained and cool with impressive elegance and purity to the red cherry, raspberry and spice-infused nose. The textured and lush flavors are generous yet refined with excellent depth of material, all wrapped in a balanced, dusty, sappy and ever-so-slightly austere finish. This is a really lovely effort that is both classy and stylish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Pinot Noir Savoy is a juicy, forward wine that gives the impression of being best suited to drinking over the next few years. Red cherries, crushed flowers and sweet spices are nicely supported by mineral notes in this vibrant, radiant Pinot. A final burst of fruit gives this finish an attractive element of energy."
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About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
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 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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.