2005 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Elsbree Vineyard ~ 750ml

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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. The 2005 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!

Tasting Notes:

Pleasing ruby color invites you to breath in the nose of spice, strawberry and smoke. Once on the palate you'll delight in the spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and earthy flavors enhanced by the structured tannins and well balanced acid. The long finish is full of spice and ripe fruit.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
12 Months in François Frères French oak, 50% new oak 50% 1-2 year old
230 cases/750 ml

2005 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Elsbree Vineyard ~ 750ml