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Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

With a beautiful deep garnet hue, this terroir-driven Pinot Noir entices with complex aromas of rose petals and bramble berries framed by a touch of forest floor and sassafras. The layered aromatics lead to a complex palate of blackcherry and bramble berries, with hints of subtle citrus and lavender. Silky, supple tannins, balanced acidity and mineral notes complement the focused dark berry fruit and earth that is revealed through the lingering, velvety finish.

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

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WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
If you were to blindfold me and pass a glass of the 2011 Fort Ross Pinot Noir, Fort Ross Vineyard beneath my nose, I say this is 100% Pinot Noir from a cool site; this wine is exceptionally pure and pristine. Light to medium garnet color; alluring and tantalizing tart strawberry aroma, delicate and refined; medium bodied, zippy on the palate; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; bright red fruit flavors, wild strawberries come to mind; long finish, delicate yet persistent aftertaste. (Tasted: August 24, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
WE 90
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Red raspberry is at the core of this crisp, fresh and medium-bodied estate wine, savory in cranberry and tea. Seamless and silky, it finishes tart, a complex example of a cool site and cool vintage crafted by an experienced winemaker, Jeff Pisoni.
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Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, Fort Ross'"True Sonoma Coast" vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard's high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a gentle, sunny and temperate climate that has proved to be very favorable for the slow and even ripening of Burgundian varietals.
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A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.

Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.

The Sonoma Coast is highly regarded for elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, increasingly, cool-climate Syrah. The wines have high acidity, moderate alcohol, firm tannin, and balanced ripeness.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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