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Deloach Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir 2007

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In the western hills of the Russian River Valley, the small Green Valley appellation is one of Sonoma County’s coolest regions. Evening fog blankets push over from the Pacific Ocean to temper the warm summer days. These optimal conditions extend the growing season, encouraging flavor concentration in the berries while soils rich in minerals from an ancient seabed infuse the fruit with nuanced flavors. This wine is a blend from several vineyards and Pinot noir clones, each of which contributes something unique to the finished wine. The late-ripening Ferguson Vineyard lends dark, intense fruit and tannins while the Giberti Vineyard ripens earlier in a slightly warmer area of the valley. The backbone of the blend is from the Swicegood Vineyard where the soils are reminiscent of those in Burgundy: rich in clay and calcareous. Grapes are destemmed and go through native fermentation in open-top vats with hand punchdowns. The Giberti and Ferguson lots were blended after pressing, and were aged separately from the Swicegood lots until just before bottling. Enticingly aromatic, with notes of raspberries, black cherries, rhubarb, rose petals and a hint of cola, this wine pairs well with Alaskan salmon or other rich fish. Try it with a seared duck breast and a blackcurrant glaze!

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DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately r... Read more
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately recognizing the similarities between Sonoma County and Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir. A recognized authority on biodynamic, organic, and sustainable winemaking, the Boisset Family had been using these eco-friendly practices in their estate vineyards in Burgundy and understood the positive effects they had on the health of the land and the quality of the wine. In 2004 the family brought that vision here to DeLoach Vineyards. Showing our dedication to the environment, we tore up award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards after the 2004 vintage and replanted with cover crops designed to revitalize the soil. New vines were planted in 2006, and the first vintage grown with biodynamic farming techniques will be the eagerly-awaited 2010 vintage. In the meantime, we continue to produce world-class wine by partnering with winegrowers who are equally dedicated to and passionate about eco-friendly farming practices and the production of high-quality wines of distinction. At DeLoach Vineyards, we focus on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to our Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Our passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. The diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir is given to each wine that we craft. In keeping with our Burgundian Heritage, we use French open-top wood fermentors for all of our Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as our old-vine Zinfandel. We also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups with more than ten guests are accepted by appointment. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Deloach Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,195
4.00 5
05/07/2010

Slightly smoky on the nose with a touch of hot cocoa and balsam accenting the earthy dark fruit tones. On entry this is soft and fairly rich in a fruit forward style that highlights the slightly candied cherry fruit of the mid-palate. The wine is medium to medium full bodied with nicely integrated acids and soft tannins that add a nice fleshy feel to the wine, though the finish is a little light with some powdered sugar and spice tones accenting a zesty, almost apple skin toned on the finish. The finish does add a bit of length, and this is soft and broad in a popular style. 89pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
07/13/2010

Raspberry and sweet cherry upfront. Blackberry fruits on the finish which is quite tart. Gentle, soft tannins build but never overpower.


3.50 5
05/07/2010

Fresh and fruity, bright and inviting nose. Great fresh acidity, cranberry and unripe cherries, cola and a bit of cream on the finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
05/07/2010

Dirty blueberry nose, with cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. More chocolate and strawberries on the mouth.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
4.00 5
05/07/2010

Huge funky animal nose. Super soft and delicate in the mouth. Very tart. Bright cherries, leather, and tar. Love it.


Snooth User: rjpease
3949851,035
4.50 5
05/20/2010

Very rich on the nose, full of cherries, caramel and berry aromas. The finish is extremely complex, with lots of spice, root beer and earthy flavors. This is a great California pinot.


Snooth User: judgelog
34584867
4.00 5
12/11/2009

Very nice fruit, with raspberry, cola and cherry on the nose. Nice acidity and fine tannins. Delicious.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
3.00 5
05/07/2010

Light and smooth, rich chocolate flavors, creamy with a hint of vanilla and sugar


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External Reviews for Deloach Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir

External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


External Review
02/07/2011

This Pinot Noir from Durell Vineyard is distinctive in style and unique in taste. On the nose, savory aromas of smoked meats and fragrant herbs are touched with the scent of mouthwatering ripe berries. Flavors of liqueur-soaked dark cherries, with pancetta and rosemary support smooth tannins that precede a long, silky finish.



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In the western hills of the Russian River Valley, the small Green Valley appellation is one of Sonoma County’s coolest regions. Evening fog blankets push over from the Pacific Ocean to temper the warm summer days. These optimal conditions extend the growing season, encouraging flavor concentration in the berries while soils rich in minerals from an ancient seabed infuse the fruit with nuanced flavors. This wine is a blend from several vineyards and Pinot noir clones, each of which contributes something unique to the finished wine. The late-ripening Ferguson Vineyard lends dark, intense fruit and tannins while the Giberti Vineyard ripens earlier in a slightly warmer area of the valley. The backbone of the blend is from the Swicegood Vineyard where the soils are reminiscent of those in Burgundy: rich in clay and calcareous. Grapes are destemmed and go through native fermentation in open-top vats with hand punchdowns. The Giberti and Ferguson lots were blended after pressing, and were aged separately from the Swicegood lots until just before bottling. Enticingly aromatic, with notes of raspberries, black cherries, rhubarb, rose petals and a hint of cola, this wine pairs well with Alaskan salmon or other rich fish. Try it with a seared duck breast and a blackcurrant glaze!

Dietary Information: Organic


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