2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
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2013 Russian River Valley

Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

This wine displays the complex, concentrated, and fruit-driven style of Pinot Noir that exemplifies the Russian River Valley. The color of this wine is a rich reddish plum. Black cherry and brambly blackberry aromas dominate the nose with a splash of tobacco and bergamot spice.

Library Selection

92 Points

"Dried herb, forest, berry and black peppery cola combine on the nose and palate to delirious effect, making way for a velvety texture of medium-sized body and weight. Sourced from several vineyards, including some estate, this wine satisfies on every level."
VIRGINIE BOONE
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Tasting Notes

The color of this wine is a rich reddish plum. Black cherry and brambly blackberry aromas dominate the nose with a splash of tobacco and bergamot spice. A firm acidity deepens the berry flavors and mid-palate tannin while the finish is soft and creamy. The balance of this wine resonates with the long-lasting finish.

Accolades
  • 92 Points: VIRGINIE BOONE Wine Enthusiast
  • "Dried herb, forest, berry and black peppery cola combine on the nose and palate to delirious effect, making way for a velvety texture of medium-sized body and weight. Sourced from several vineyards, including some estate, this wine satisfies on every level."

Winemaking

The fruit was picked as whole clusters and brought to the winery in half-ton macro bins. It was then hand sorted and gently destemmed into our 1 ton Super Tfermenters. The skins of the fruit are punched down twice a day during fermentation to achieve maximum color and flavor extraction with minimal harsh tannin from the seeds. When primary fermentation was complete the wine was pressed from the skins into barrel. French oak from a number of different cooperages, including 25% new oak barrels, 40% one-year-old French oak barrels, and the remaining neutral barrels, were used. The final blend was assembled prior to bottling which occurred August 8th, 2014. The wine was bottled using screw cap closures, to ensure highest quality.

Vintage

The 2013 vintage had ideal temperatures and growing conditions. The flavors were able to develop and show expressively. The vineyards were farmed meticulously in order to keep the vigorous canopy that develops in the famed-Goldridge Soil- balanced with the crop load on the vines. When done correctly the pure fruit and clarity of Russian River Valley vineyards shines through, as displayed in this wine. The fruit was hand-harvested on four different days: August 27 at 26.2 Brix, August 30 at 25.3 Brix, September 3 at 25.9 Brix, and September 19 at 24.9 Brix. The four distinct harvest dates indicate the individual nature of each site and what each lends to the complexity of this wine.

Vineyard

This wine is inspired by our exploration into the more western reaches of the Sonoma coast appellation. It exemplifies the fruit-driven Pinot Noir and concentrated rich flavors that one sees in this region. We work with a number of different vineyards in the Russian RiverValley including our own. Thale’s Vineyard and a neighboring place on Westside Rd called FlaxVineyard. Also, included are Tina Marie and Dutton’s Widdoes Ranch, both in the heart of Green Valley.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.2%
  • cases made:

    396

  • bottling date: 08/08/2014
  • aging:

    Aged 9 months in French oak, 25% new, 40% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Gently destemmed into 1-ton Super T Fermenters; 2x day punch downs

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