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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2007
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 99232)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Twomey's Pinot Noir originated in the Russian River Valley, an appellation legendary for its extraordinary Pinot Noir. The nine acre West Pin vineyard is an excellent site for this temperamental grape, with a climate that's cool enough to preserve its delicate character but warm enough to ripen the fruit consistently each year. The vineyard is planted with a mix of Dijon and Pommard clones, each contributing different characteristics to the final blend.

The 2007 Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir beautifully expresses the ripe style of this iconic American Pinot Noir region. This wine has a deep, ruby color and a nose of rose petals, strawberries, black cherry and cola. It is full bodied and rich on the palate with flavors of black cherry liqueur and cinnamon, closing with a full, velvety finish of fine grained tannins and a supple elegance which this region is renowned for.

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About Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak:

Twomey Cellars originated with a remarkable vineyard, the Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, which the Duncan family – owners of Silver Oak Cellars – acquired in 1999. Planted with the finest French clones in well-drained volcanic soils, the Merlot that is grown there possesses such extraordinary complexity that it calls for a wine of its own. Silver Oak's winemaker, Daniel Baron, developed his passion for Merlot during the early 1980s while working in Pomerol and St. Emilion. He had always hoped to make a California Merlot with a French sensibility, but for many years lacked access to fruit with the characteristics he required. When the Duncan family acquired Soda Canyon Ranch and Daniel realized it was planted with top-flight French clones, Daniel’s long-held dream of producing a Napa Valley Merlot with depth and concentration became reality.

The Duncan Family’s spirit of innovation would lead them to discover new varietals when in 2000, they secured the nine-acre West Pin vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, legendary for its extraordinary Pinot Noirs. Several years later, they acquired a winery in Healdsburg where the Pinot Noirs are now produced. Twomey is dedicated to producing Pinot Noir that achieves the greatest balance & expression from four top California appellations, including Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley. Twomey’s newest offering is Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, refreshing wine that originates at the family’s estate vineyard in Calistoga. Today, Twomey Cellars is run by Managing Partners and brothers David and Tim Duncan. Founding winemaker Daniel Baron and Winemaker Ben Cane carry out their vision of making wines that eloquently express their vineyard and vintage.