2010 Russian River Pinot Noir
Vineyard: The 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of four different clones of Pinot Noir from four exceptional vineyards. Three of the vineyards, the Martinelli family’s Ceremonial Vineyard, along with Bernard Orsi’s Eastside Road and Mark West Station vineyards, are located in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation. The wine’s core of classic black cherry, wild strawberry and cola aromatics come from the clone 115 and 777 fruit we source from Ceremonial and Eastside Road, while the clone 114 grapes from Mark West Station add elegantly developed tannins. The fourth vineyard, Windsor Oaks, lies on the eastern edge of the valley, and is the warmest Pinot Noir site we work with. In 2010 our rows at Windsor Oaks were dedicated to clones 667 and 115. These clones add a candied cherry element, palate richness, depth of color and additional body to the wine.
Vintage: After the challenging year experienced by growers in 2009, the 2010 vintage provided almost ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley. The late winter and spring seasons were dry, with warmer than average temperatures, allowing flowering to occur without event and providing good crop set. The growing season was cool and even, with very few heat spikes allowing for extended hang time and flavor development. A very warm end to August pushed the fruit to optimum ripeness and produced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with intense aromatics, rich flavors, bright acidity and excellent balance.
Winemaker Notes: Though alluring and complex, the nose of this wine is a bit reserved, offering subdued layers of black cherry fruit, ripe Santa Rosa plum, toast and a touch of sandalwood. The first taste offers beautifully balanced cherry and blackberry jam notes. On the mid-palate the wine is rich and mouth filling with cherry and cola notes alongside earthy hints of mushroom and well-integrated tannins. The finish is long, balance, mouthwatering and bright, with more cherry flavors.
Variety: Pinot Noir (100%)
Clones/Selections: 115, 777, 114 & 667
Harvest Dates: September 1, 2, 3, 9, and 12, 2010
Barrel-aging: 12 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (46% new)
- pH: 3.60
- TA: 6.7 grams / liter
- Alcohol: 14.2% by volume
Cases Produced: 454