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2015 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir

93 Points | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2015 Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fort Ross - Seaview

Tasting Notes
This seductive wine opens up with aromas of smoked cherry wood, cedar spice, blackberry-sage sauce and a hint of lavender. The enticing aromas lead to a mouthwatering palate experience that unfolds slowly into flavors of tart huckleberry, tangerine zest and fragrant morel mushrooms. The acidity and tannins are in perfect harmony, creating a supple, velvety texture, with a firm, structured backbone and a snappy, tangy finish. This true coastal wine – the most savory Pinot Noir in our lineup– offers a beautiful counterpoint to our classic Russian River Valley wines.
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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