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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 104549)
Burghound.com rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $40.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from our West Pin Vineyard and Crinella Vineyard. both vineyards are sustainably farmed.

The 2008 growing season started cool and dry, carrying over the drought effects from 2007. The dry weather continued into April when a number of frosts followed by a warm, breezy bloom period combined to create a small and intense crop of berries. Summer weather was mild and temperatures rarely exceeded 90°F. Fog was notably absent for most of the summer. August brought perfect warm weather which pushed ripeness along giving us ideal flavor development and a very early harvest. Lower crop levels, greater light intensity due to smaller berry size and reduced fog combined to create an exceptional vintage of Russian River Valley fruit.

The fruit was harvested during the cool early mornings and then rigorously sorted and destemmed. Whole clusters were added to open-top fermenters. The must underwent a seven-day cold soak to gently extract the grapes' delicate flavors and color. Each clone from each vineyard was fermented separately to allow the greatest expression of each site. The cap was punched down every six hours to further extract color and aroma at the height of fermentation. After 14-21 days on skins, the free run juice was drained and the wine was gently pressed off the skins. The wine was aged for 13 months sur lies in 100% French Burgundy barrels, 50% new.

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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.