2007 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Mukaida Vineyard ~ 750ml

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97 points - Pinot Report
91 points - Wine Spectator


Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is truly special. The Peters Vineyard has long been one of our highest praised vineyards. The fruit for this wine was carefully selected to be ’the best of the best’! We chose the best grapes, whole-berry fermented and aged primarily on new French oak.. We then selected the best 8 barrels to bottle as the Mukaida Vineyard.

Located a few miles west of Sebastopol on the edge of the newly expanded Russian River Valley appellation. An ideal location for Pinot Noir, this former apple orchard is blanketed by the cool ocean fog in the mornings and evenings, coaxing out the grapes’ best flavors. The hot sunny days intensify the fruit, and create just the flavor profile we are looking for in our wine.

We are very pleased to honor Tom Mukaida with this outstanding wine. Tom is the father-in-law of Randy Peters, one of our long-standing growers and is a 3rd generation grower. Tom, who is now well into his eighties and still farming, began his farming career with apples. In the early 80’s Randy convinced him that there was a future in grapes and encouraged him to convert his apple orchards into vineyards and we’re very glad he did. His finely honed farming abilities and ideal locale on Bodega Highway in Sebastopol translated well to grapes. Today they’ve got an exceptional collection of Pommard and 777 Pinot Noir clones that we rely on year after year.

Tasting Notes:

Medium ruby color, with aromas of big rich cherry with deep enticing spicy earthiness. Smooth silky rich flavors of lush cherry, complex spice and earthy notes with background of sweet oak on the palate. This wine shows great structure and balance. There is very long luscious finish of sweet cherry spice. You just can’t get enough of this great wine.

Russian River Valley
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11 months in François Frères French oak, 90% new, 10% 1 year-old barrels
195 cases 750 ml

2007 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Mukaida Vineyard ~ 750ml