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Kutch Wines McDougall Ranch Pinot Noir 2009

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750ML / 13.9% ABV
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The 2009 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is richer, deeper and fleshier than the Falstaff. Exotic spices, tangerine, crushed flowers and red berries are some of the notes that wrap around the finish in this juicy, expansive Pinot. The finish reveals gorgeous depth and plenty of harmony. Kutch used 50% whole clusters and aged the wine 17 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
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In the pursuit of trying to create the highest quality wines possible, the old saying goes, "wine is made in the vineyard." Following that philosophy, Kutch Wines strives to use well-positioned, cold climate sites with appropriate soils.

It has been a challenge for the winery to locate and secure such sites, causing its production to grow at a slow but steady pace. Once the fruit is harvested, it is handled with the utmost care, sorted meticulously and moved only by gravity. Kutch takes great care not to over-manipulate wines in the callar -- aiming to provide the purest expression of Pinot Noir from a particular place and time. This minimal interventionalist style of wine-making is reflected in the winery's use of indigenous yeast and its minimal acid adjustments -- with the absence of any color enhancing agents.

All punch-downs are literally done by the bare hand or by feet. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is gravity flowed into French oak barrels, where it remains unmoved while aging sur lie (on the fine lees). The wines are never racked until the winemaker is ready to bottle, nearly 16 months after harvest. Kutch wines express all of the natural greatness of their vineyard origins.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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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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