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93 Points - Pinot Report
Elsbree Vineyards is located in Windsor off Arata Lane. They continually produce excellent fruit. Planted on a steep knob, the vineyard has a mix of Pinot Clones on different rootstocks. This gives the grapes a superior field-blend of flavors; fruit with plenty of layers and superb depth. The Elsbree Vineyard is one of our warmest climate vineyards and is the first to arrive at the winery. The 2007 growing season was one of the largest in history. Heavy winter rains rejuvenated vines., while a long cool dry summer worried us that the grapes would be late to ripen. A brief warm spell in late August/early Sept. brought the grapes to maturity with great flavors we haven't seen for years. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome, fantastic flavor from the fruit and lots of it. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor! Salute!
Medium ruby color; complex dark cherry aromas with earthy notes; deep, rich, earthy black cherry fruit, with spice and cola notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, lush and deep. Drink now through 2011.