2010 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard ~ 750ml

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Winemaker's Notes:

Located a few miles west of Sebastopol on the edge of the newly expanded Russian River Valley appellation, lies Peters Vineyard, the backbone of our production. 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.

Peters Vineyard was our first-ever vineyard designate, and we continue to enjoy a close relationship with grower Randy Peters. His expert vineyard management helps us to consistently produce this incredibly luscious wine.

We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and  aging. This gives us many more blending options. 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.

Tasting Notes:

Brilliant garnet in color and nothing but cherries, cherries, cherries right up front.  This wine showcases the best of cool climate Pinot Noir.  It delivers a juicy cherry finish and highlights the well-balanced acidity and fine-grained tannin. Another wine that will age well.  Drink now through 2020.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
October 3,6,8, 2010
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
11 months in Francois Fréres French oak, 50% new, 50% 1 & 2 year old
400 cases

2010 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard ~ 750ml