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2016 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir

95 Points | Prince of Pinot

2016 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fort Ross - Seaview

Tasting Notes
The pure coastal expression of fruit in this wine is dark, earthy and savory, exuding aromas of tobacco, Oolong tea leaves, cassis, blackberry and violet petals. The palate entry is tangy, succulent and well-structured with a strong backbone of fleshy tannins. Flavors of beet root, rose hip and fennel add complexity to the gorgeous pomegranate seed and Asian plum layers that unfold on the palate. This elegant Pinot Noir has a long, luscious finish that is enlivened by its bright acidity, polished by the wood tannins and framed perfectly by the spicy, lightly toasted oak flavors.
Vineyard Notes
Fort Ross Vineyard is located on a very cool, coastal ridge ~1200-1700 feet above sea level within the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, 80 miles northwest of San Francisco. The vineyard sits less than a mile inland from the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as one of the closest vineyards to the California coastline. The ocean fog at this elevation is less intrusive than in lower lying coastal vineyards, rolling in to cover the vines at night but then receding with the morning sunrise. The coastal tempering effect prevents extreme temperature swings; in fact, the lows rarely dip below fog temperature of ~55°F and rarely get above 85°F on hot, sunny days. With its rugged coastal terrain, marine sedimentary soils, long sunny days and gentle sea breezes, these coastal ridges have become one of the most highly regarded growing regions in all of California. Of the roughly 32 small vineyard blocks, we receive Pinot Noir from two amazing sections, including clone 777 and Calera selection.
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