Deloach Vineyards le Roi Pinot Noir 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of two vineyards from the very cool hills south of Sebastopol, this wine exemplifies the structure and power that cool climate Pinot noir is famous for. The majority of the blend is from the Pleasant Hill Vineyard, planted to clone 23, with the balance from the Maboroshi Vineyard’s clones 667 and 115. Both of these vineyards yielded late-ripening fruit that was fermented in small open-top oak vats and finished fermentation in barrel. The blend was assembled in July 2007 and settled in tank to allow the layers of each component to marry for several months before bottling in December. This is a bright, youthful wine with an intense ruby shade. Aromas of pomegranate and cran-raspberry rise from the glass, followed by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, lavender and cedar. The fine-grained tannins play with notes of baking spices, red plums and sour cherries for a graceful, lingering finish.

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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

Member Reviews for Deloach Vineyards le Roi Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: murrji
9559967
4.00 5
11/04/2008

Medium-bodied, Slight tannin, Oakey, balanced


Snooth User: extrapulp
8218131
4.50 5
07/16/2009

Picked this one up on our recent trip - I loved this Pinot; Mr. Ireland doesn't like Pinot (typically) and this he enjoyed. OFS.


Snooth User: Jeff McDonald
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0.00 5
03/05/2012

okay


Snooth User: DawnM
7816829
4.50 5
07/27/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Deloach Vineyards le Roi Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Light, hazy red. Musky cherry and black raspberry aromas offer good, straightforward appeal. Displays a slightly jammy character, with red and dark berry flavors underscored by smoky oak and baking spices. Sweet black fruits and clove dominate the sappy finish, which betrays no roughness.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Aromas of cherries, pomegranate and hints of smokiness and oak. Deep fruit flavors are followed by creamy cola components. The wine is layered and full in the mouth, with a medium body and an elegant, lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesA complex and balanced wine, its dark ruby red hues open to a bright fruit nose with earthy aromas and a smattered of spice. Followed on the palate by flavors of pomegranate, Maraschino cherries, raspberry, leather, and crushed rose petals that burst in the mouth and continuously evolve as the wine breaths. A well structured wine, it is ready to drink now and will age beautifully for up to 10 years.


External Review
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



A blend of two vineyards from the very cool hills south of Sebastopol, this wine exemplifies the structure and power that cool climate Pinot noir is famous for. The majority of the blend is from the Pleasant Hill Vineyard, planted to clone 23, with the balance from the Maboroshi Vineyard’s clones 667 and 115. Both of these vineyards yielded late-ripening fruit that was fermented in small open-top oak vats and finished fermentation in barrel. The blend was assembled in July 2007 and settled in tank to allow the layers of each component to marry for several months before bottling in December. This is a bright, youthful wine with an intense ruby shade. Aromas of pomegranate and cran-raspberry rise from the glass, followed by hints of vanilla, cinnamon, lavender and cedar. The fine-grained tannins play with notes of baking spices, red plums and sour cherries for a graceful, lingering finish.

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