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Ron Rubin Green Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
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13.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Bright bouquet of raspberry and cherry blossoms with added notes of cedar, white pepper and spice. Vanilla and toasty oak round out the nose with a subtle creamy nature at the close. Palate follows bouquet with more raspberry and sweet cherry flavors. An earthy palate offers soft oak and touches of cocoa powder with a lingering finish of summer blackberry and plum.

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Around half of this wine came from the River Road estate, which Ron Rubin, who owns The Republic of Tea, purchased in 2011. The remainder of the fruit came from a nearby vineyard also planted on Goldridge soil. It’s a pretty pinot noir with a cool, delicate, rosy scent, the fruit tangy with red currant brightness. Match its brisk energy to anything with pesto.
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Ron Rubin has created distinctive wines for your enjoyment, from superlative Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Russian River Valley grapes. Our terroir begins with the people who have grown and made these wines. It’s then also about the geography of Russian River Valley, the soil types of this region, and the cool, Russian River climate best known for creating Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
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Green Valley

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Situated on the foggier and colder western edge of the Russian River Valley, almost abutting the Sonoma Coast appellation, Green Valley is one of California’s most reputable Chardonnay and Pinot noir producing regions. It is also a wonderful source of sparkling wines made from these varieties.

Goldridge soils abound throughout the Green Valley appellation. This fine, dark, sandy loam and fractured sandstone is derived from the remains of ancient inland seabeds dating back three to five million years. It is valuable for high quality grape growing because of its excellent drainage and low fertility.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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