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Picket Fence Russian River Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    13.8% ABV
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    13.8% ABV

    Winemaker 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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    Picket Fence, , California
    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.

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    Bright and aromatic with distinctive floral and fruity characteristics, Albariño has enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last couple of decades. This grape claims dual citizenship of both Spain (in the Rías Baixas region) and Portugal, where it is widely planted in the northwest and is known as Alvarinho. In recent years, plantings have increased throughout California.

    In the Glass

    Bursting with rich, ripe flavor, Albariño can show flavors of orange blossom, grapefruit, lime, apple, pear, melon, and white peach. It may also have notes of almond paste, fresh cut grass, jasmine, or geranium. The best examples boast zingy acidity and often a briny, mineral quality. It is typically fermented in stainless steel to preserve the purity of its fruity flavors, though oak-aged examples can provide a weighty yet refreshing alternative to Chardonnay with surprising potential for aging. Due to Albariño’s thick skins and large number of pips, it often shows a bit of bitterness on the palate.

    Perfect Pairings

    Albariño loves seafood, and can be paired with a variety of marine delicacies. Its distinctive waxy texture and lemony acidity make it a perfect pairing with fresh sardines, oysters, octopus, or squid.

    Sommelier Secret

    Albariño is considered an aromatic variety, and actually shares many chemical compounds with Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Muscat. If you enjoy these elegantly perfumed whites, chances are you’ll love Albariño.

    FED85084_2008 Item# 108886

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