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Mossback Russian River Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    13.9% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    Mossback Pinot Noir is a blend of Russian River Valley fruit from growers that Winemaker Dan Cederquist has worked with for many years. This could be called Dan's Farmer's Market blend; the best grapes purchased from the best farmers from Dan's many years of winemaking experience in the Russian River. This is a classicRussian River Pinot Noir with complex aromas of earth and fruit. Bright flavors of cranberry and black cherry combine with porcini mushroom and cream cola. The firm grip of tannins lends a brooding rustic note to the wine.

    This is the perfect wine to sip while stirring a rich and creamy mushroom risotto.

    Blend: 95% Pinot Noir, 5% Petit Verdot

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    Mossback, , California
    Mossback
    Mossback is an old fashioned term for farmer. The Giguiere family has had a long history of farming, and for the Mossback brand has sought fruit from some of the most renowned farmers in the Russian River Valley. Mossback also speaks to the cool weather that contributes to the unique quality of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the coastal region.

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    Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. Its close proximity to the San Francisco Peninsula and the San Pablo Bay is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo Bay create a cooling effect ideal for producing wines with crisp acidity and balanced flavors.

    This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and more recently, Old-World style Syrah. While more delicate than most wines from neighboring regions, these are firmly structured, complex, and full of flavor. Carneros is also an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

    WAL402569_2012 Item# 128768

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