Siduri Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
We've been working hard on our Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir over the past few vintages. For awhile we have felt that Rosella's was a vineyard where we have been underperforming. Certainly the wines we were producing were good, but we felt that they should have been better. We've taken several steps to increase the quality level, including spending even more time in the vineyard, often dividing the four individual clonal lots of fruit we get each vintage, into several different sections and treating each of these differently in hopes of discovering what works best on each section. We believe that the positive aspects of these changes started showing up in the 2005 vintage, with the 2006 showing marked improvement, and 2007 being our finest Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir yet.
The 2007 Siduri Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir ended up being a blend of 40% Clone 777, 20% Pisoni Selection, 20% Pommard, and 20% 828 Clone. We utilized whole clusters on both the Pisoni Selection and the Pommard and fermented with primarily indigenous yeasts. We also bled off approximately 10% of the juice from each of the fermentors in hopes of concentrating the must.
Wine Spectator - "Supple and engaging, with ripe, generous plum, black cherry, mineral, spice and subtle cedary oak nuances. This full-bodied Pinot possesses depth, concentration and complexity, with excellent balance and length. Drink now through 2015. 730 cases made."
Connoisseurs' Guide - " If concerned first and foremost with bright, but well-ripened, red-cherry fruit, this comparatively complex young Pinot shows varied elements of creme brulee and vanilla in addition to subtle accents of woodsy spice. It is slightly viscous and fairly full at the start but picks up a trim of finishing toughness, and, while it can be enjoyed now with heartier meat entrees, it will benefit from a few years of age. "
Two Pinot Noir lovers, Adam and Dianna Lee, founded Siduri Wines in 1994. They produced only four and a half barrels of Pinot Noir that first vintage. Now they handcraft over 10,000 cases of Pinot Noir from vineyards ranging from Oregon's Willamette Valley down to the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands AVAs. Each Pinot Noir is created using gravity flow and minimal intervention, with the goal of reflecting the unique terroir of each particular vineyard. Siduri Wines and its sibling, Novy Family Wines have received the Wine Spectator's New York Wine Experience "Critics Choice" recognition a combined seven times since 2004. View all Siduri Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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 & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.