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Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Deep red color and very good natural clarity; please note how aromatically perfumed this wine is. A first for Aubert, aromatics of cherry cola that they only have in this bottling! Varietal correct aromatics are very apparent in this wine. Initially, Mark Aubert finds blood orange, cinnamon, a lot of sweet-wet leaves and clay soil abound from the glass. After the primary fruits change then there are the tell tale red Burgundy signatures of a great vintage in the Cote du Nuits. Across the palate you feel the ripeness and how suave the 2009 vintage is. The wine finishes with some acid structure that will allow further development in the bottle.

Critical Acclaim

V 93
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

The 2009 Pinot Noir Ritchie Vineyard wraps around the palate with layers of deep black cherries, cola, spices and French oak. This is a big Ritchie endowed with gorgeous textural depth and a refined, sweeping finish. The influence of the Calera clone is felt in the wine's weight and density.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Rich and expansive, with layers of black licorice, dried berry, sage and smoke flavors. Slow to unfold, but reveals a fresh-turned earth aftertaste as it does. Best from 2013 through 2023.

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Owner/winemaker Mark Aubert has had a distinguished winemaking career including a 12 year stint at Peter Michael where he followed Helen Turley. Aubert succeeded Turley again several years later at Colgin Cellars. He has been a winemaking consultant for several prestigious wineries including Sloan, Bryant and Futo. He crafts outstanding vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from estate and leased vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast in a full-blown hedonistic style. The first wines were released with the 2000 vintage. Ulises Valdez is Aubert's vineyard manager. Until 2008, the two Pinot Noirs have been from the Reuling Vineyard and UV Vineyard, both located in the Sonoma Coast AVA. A new estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyard has been planted adjacent Reuling, 4 acres of Pinot Noir were planted at Ritchie Vineyard in 2008, and 9 acres of Pinot Noir have been planted at a new site high above the town of Occidental. In 2008, there were six different single vineyard Chardonnays and five Pinot Noir wines.
BOBRITCHIE_2009 Item# 125216

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