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Emeritus Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2007 growing season on the Sonoma Coast provided near-perfect conditions for Pinot Noir. Spring saw no frost visiting the vineyards and warm daytime temperatures from summer into fall gently ripened the grapes. The grapes were picked with their fruit flavors still youthful and alive. William Wesley Vineyard’s soil composition of Goldridge soils with a sandstone base has a low water retention capacity that creates competition for water and nutrients among the vines. Stressed vines bear small-berried clusters that produce concentrated juice with intense flavors and higher tannins resulting in a wine suited to long-term aging.

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Emeritus Vineyards:
Emeritus Vineyards was born of a dream to create a noble Pinot Noir—one that especially speaks of elegance and charm. An experienced team of uniquely qualified individuals—the Emeritus Team—combined their talents to work toward the realization of that dream. The result is two Estate Grown and Bottled Pinot Noirs: Emeritus, Russian River Valley, from the home ranch in the heart of the Russian Ri... Read more
Emeritus Vineyards was born of a dream to create a noble Pinot Noir—one that especially speaks of elegance and charm. An experienced team of uniquely qualified individuals—the Emeritus Team—combined their talents to work toward the realization of that dream. The result is two Estate Grown and Bottled Pinot Noirs: Emeritus, Russian River Valley, from the home ranch in the heart of the Russian River Valley; and Emeritus, William Wesley, from the mountain vineyards on the Sonoma Coast near Annapolis. In 1999, two months after Brice Cutrer Jones signed the last of the papers turning over control of the 26-year-old Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards (SCV) to liquor company Brown-Forman, Jones and his team of six key, long-term employees (the Emeritus Team) and six long-time investors closed on the purchase of Don and Marcia Hallberg's 115 acres of prime apple orchard in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The land is located just 10 miles west of SCV, two miles north of Sebastopol, on both sides of the Gravenstein Highway and directly on the Gold Ridge-the name of the predominate soils of the area. Emeritus Vineyards owns and farms 150 acres of Pinot Noir vineyards in two Sonoma County locations: The home ranch-Hallberg Vineyard-in the heart of the Russian River Valley, and William Wesley Vineyard in the coastal mountains of the Sonoma Coast. The sole objective of the Emeritus Team is to produce a noble Pinot Noir reflecting the terroir of each vineyard. Three factors will determine the quality of wine the Team will produce: soil, climate, and man. Soil gives the wine its character. Climate gives the wine its personality. Man, in addition to elevating the wine from grapes, influences the effects of both soil and climate, and thus, gives the wine its spirit, or style. The Emeritus Team has embarked on a new direction for Pinot Noir. Winemaker Don Blackburn has produced two elegant Pinot Noir wines, whose defining characteristic, he believes, is charm. Don explains that a great Pinot's appeal is emotional and visceral; seducing with nuance rather than complexity or intensity. Noble wines begin in the vineyard and the Team utilizes clonal selection, meticulous viticultural practices and dry farming to help the grapes achieve full ripeness without excessive sugars and extracted flavors. Then, to capture the wine's full essence—that captivating sultry elegance—the winemaker must listen to the grape and respond with a gentle touch. Consequently, Emeritus wines are evolved with softened edges and supple tannins, yet retain their youthful vibrancy. The aromatics are clean and airy with the olfactory brightness of ripe fruit or the fragrance of freshly cut flowers, and work harmoniously to create a wine that infuses a sense of well-being. Read less

Member Reviews for Emeritus Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
01/28/2012

Great strawberry and mixed red and black berry fruit on the nose. Subtle spice and some flowers. It's lush and pretty. On the palate, it's deep and rich. Very tasty. Has good depth and concentration of blackberry, wild berry, mineral, sage and some dusty nuances. 1/21/12


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.00 5
05/16/2010

Dark fruits and some dark chocolate on the nose. This has a very un-pinot-like nose. Blackberries and the slightest licorice nuance. Youthful with big acidity and round tannins. Big tannin on the finish. Super dark fruit with only hints of spice or oak. - Tasted at Marché Bacchus 5/15/10


Snooth User: lfbsp
60890113
5.00 5
10/25/2010

One of the best CA pinot's we have every had. We had it at one of our favorite restaurants a few years ago. I contacted teh winemaker Brice and he invited us to come and visit the next time were in in Wine Country. We did. What an incredible visit! We got a personal tour of the vineyards and the winery! We will keep buying and drinking this wine!


Snooth User: Coopdaddy
4697425
5.00 5
08/19/2010

I had this wine at the W Union Sqaure NYC. It was the best Pinot Noir I have had in recent memory. Lively, flavor explodes in mouth, balanced with tannins, fruit and alchohol. I was wtih 4 otherse and it was unanimous. This is a great wine. I found it online for 28 dollars plus shipping. Enjoy!


Snooth User: Derek Chandler
2638999
4.50 5
02/13/2010

Four and a half glasses



Tasting Notes:

The 2007 William Wesley is the finest expression of Sonoma Coast mountain–fruit terroir. Our coastal vineyards promote high acidity, flavor intensity and structure in a lush, dense wine. On the palate, the William Wesley cuvée has dark fruit characteristics with blackberry flavors and licorice nuances, yet still displays the charm and elegance that defines Emeritus Pinot Noir. The wine is youthful with vibrant acidity and round tannins—which favor its aging capability.

The 2007 growing season on the Sonoma Coast provided near-perfect conditions for Pinot Noir. Spring saw no frost visiting the vineyards and warm daytime temperatures from summer into fall gently ripened the grapes. The grapes were picked with their fruit flavors still youthful and alive. William Wesley Vineyard’s soil composition of Goldridge soils with a sandstone base has a low water retention capacity that creates competition for water and nutrients among the vines. Stressed vines bear small-berried clusters that produce concentrated juice with intense flavors and higher tannins resulting in a wine suited to long-term aging.

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