Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Tina Marie Vineyard 2010

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Wine maker notes "Aromas of black cherry and white pepper spice pop out of the glass. More minerality, gravel and flint, is apparent on the nose this year. The pallet is more viscous and flavors of Asian spice and fresh plum come through, complemented by rhubarb pie and cherry blossom. The soft tannins are complimented by lively acidity." This was one of our favorite Pinots this year. Very deep and complex with tasting notes that favor black cherry with a nice dollop of spice, firm structure and an elegant texture - Masterful winemaking. Barnett Vineyards is located at 2,000 feet elevation on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley where the fog comes rolling in every evening It is only a three letter word, but fog is the defining characteristic of the Russian River Valley appellation. The regular ebb and flow of fog originates from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the West and enters the Valley primarily through the Petaluma Wind Gap and secondarily along the channel created by the Russian River that empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. The fog arrives in the evening, frequently dropping the temperature 40 degrees from its daytime high and then retreats the following morning. This maritime air conditioner extends the growing season and allows grapes to reach full flavor maturity while retaining natural acidity.

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Barnett Vineyards:
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The viney... Read more
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The vineyards are located at the top of Spring Mountain, at elevation 2,000ft, and planted on steep terraces that follow the contour of the land. In some places, the grade averages in excess of 35%. Mountainside farming is very challenging. The vines must struggle to reach nutrients and water in the soil and, as a result, yield only one to two tons per acre. The elements of sun, temperature, and well-drained porous soils give an advantageous water stress to the vines and contribute to the depth, richness and character of the wines. Grapes are harvested by hand; vineyard row by row, as optimum ripeness and maturity is reached. Fermentation is done in small batches. Since the winery's first 100 cases in 1989, Barnett Vineyards has grown to approximately 6,000 cases total production. Rattlesnake Hill and Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignons are the focus at the estate with total Cabernet production varying between 2,100 and 3,000 cases annually. In addition, Barnett Vineyards produces limited amounts of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown from single vineyards located in well-desired appellations. Read less
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Member Reviews for Barnett Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Tina Marie Vineyard

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
03/03/2012

One the nose, it's got spice, white pepper, dusty cocoa and some orange zest over red berries. Flavors on the palate of black cherry and cola with raspberry and rhubarb. Firm tannins, but a balanced feel. Bold and dark style with nice structure, acid and spice. 3/3/12



Wine maker notes "Aromas of black cherry and white pepper spice pop out of the glass. More minerality, gravel and flint, is apparent on the nose this year. The pallet is more viscous and flavors of Asian spice and fresh plum come through, complemented by rhubarb pie and cherry blossom. The soft tannins are complimented by lively acidity." This was one of our favorite Pinots this year. Very deep and complex with tasting notes that favor black cherry with a nice dollop of spice, firm structure and an elegant texture - Masterful winemaking. Barnett Vineyards is located at 2,000 feet elevation on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley where the fog comes rolling in every evening It is only a three letter word, but fog is the defining characteristic of the Russian River Valley appellation. The regular ebb and flow of fog originates from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the West and enters the Valley primarily through the Petaluma Wind Gap and secondarily along the channel created by the Russian River that empties into the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. The fog arrives in the evening, frequently dropping the temperature 40 degrees from its daytime high and then retreats the following morning. This maritime air conditioner extends the growing season and allows grapes to reach full flavor maturity while retaining natural acidity.

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