2009 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Elsbree Vineyard ~ 750ml

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94 points - Pinot Report

90 points - Wine Spectator


Winemaker's Notes:

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.

We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine into Francois Frères French oak barrels, and then age for 11 months before bottling.  We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labor!

Tasting Notes:

Medium ruby color; complex, deep red cherry aromas with spice and cinnamon notes; deep, complex, cinnamon and red cherry flavors with earthy notes; good structure and balance; leading to a long finish. Forward, complex Pinot with great flavor.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
August 24, 2009
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
12 Months in Francois Frères French oak, 50% new oak, 50% 1-2 year old
630 cases/750 ml

2009 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Elsbree Vineyard ~ 750ml