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Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide

2021 Thale's Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Our Thale’s Vineyard is located in the northernmost part of the Russian River Valley in an area known as the Middle Reach. Named after Steve MacRostie’s wife, Thale (pronounded Thay-lee), this has been MacRostie’s estate vineyard since 2013.

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94 Points

“Rose petals sprinkled with white pepper and high tones of cranberry-lime report a succulent, juicy mouthfeel. Even tones of black tea and cherry are enveloped within its elegant persona. Thale’s Vineyard surrounds the winery’s new hoe in the northern end of the Russian River Valley.”
Meridith May
The Tasting Panel, May 2024
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Tasting Notes

The 2021 Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir has an unparalleled aromatic expression, with beautifully pronounced notes of red cherry, potpourri, and mulled cranberry spice. The flavors are the signature to the Russian River Valley with lush red fruit, black tea, and herbal spice. The wine finishes bright and lively with great length and stamina.

Accolades
  • 94 Points: Meridith May The Tasting Panel - May 2024
  • “Rose petals sprinkled with white pepper and high tones of cranberry-lime report a succulent, juicy mouthfeel. Even tones of black tea and cherry are enveloped within its elegant persona. Thale’s Vineyard surrounds the winery’s new hoe in the northern end of the Russian River Valley.”

  • 92 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide - April 2024
  • “Good, concentrated cherry flavors and a mouthwatering texture align this medium-bodied wine for myriad food pair¬ings from mushrooms to salmon to roast chicken. Moderate tannins brace the red and black cherries, cranberries and cloves that open up as you sip."

Winemaking

The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with a select yeast strain was followed by a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. This wine was aged for 10 months in 48% new French oak, and 15% one-year-old French oak barrels. Bottling took place on August 17, 2022.

Vintage

The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes were exceptional. Thale’s Vineyard was harvested on three different days: September 3, 4, and 8 of 2021. Grapes from seven of the 11 blocks were used to create this complex and delicious blend.

Vineyard

Our Thale’s Vineyard is located in the northernmost part of the Russian River Valley in an area known as the Middle Reach. Named after Steve MacRostie’s wife, Thale (pronounced Thay-lee), this has been MacRostie’s estate vineyard since 2013. The 14-acre property is planted as 11 different blocks. Each block varies in clone, aspect, soil type and year planted, offering great complexity and blending opportunities from the site.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.40%
  • cases made:

    906 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/17/2022
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 48% new, 15% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Gently desteemed into open-top fermenters; three day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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