Emeritus Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Hallberg Ranch 2008

Avg Price: $37.99
3.72 5 0.5
Add
4 reviews
+My Wines

My Wines

Save in My Wines

Add to Wishlist

My Cellar

List It
Edit

Tasting Notes:

In 2008, Mother Nature tested us with fire and ice. The Emeritus Russian River Valley Hallberg Ranch is a voluptuous,...

Read more...
  • There are currently no submitted critic scores.
  • + Wine critic

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
New York Wine Exchange
New York, NY (2,500 mi)
USD 37.99
750ml
Buy Now

This was a bottle shared with good friends at Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab. It was light in body and had notes of forrest floor and st... Read more

Best California Pinot Noir I've had in years. Wonderful bouquet, nice mouthfeel, lovely and lingering finish. Even the inexperienced wine drinker... Read more

Emeritus Pinot Noir 2007 is an amazing pinot. Very smooth ,and Lively. I had it at BLT steak last yr in NYC. It was so amazing I went to the Vineya... Read more

Set your rating:
Save

Examples: Value Wine, Would Recommend, For the Cellar, Etc...

All Prices

Shipping to:

User Reviews for Emeritus Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Hallberg Ranch

Add your review
Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
3.50 5
02/21/2011

This was a bottle shared with good friends at Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab. It was light in body and had notes of forrest floor and strawberry.


Snooth User: MHGlassman
87179859
5.00 5
06/24/2011

Best California Pinot Noir I've had in years. Wonderful bouquet, nice mouthfeel, lovely and lingering finish. Even the inexperienced wine drinkers at the table appreciated the quality of this fabulous wine.


Snooth User: jsess23
76365021
4.00 5
02/09/2011

Emeritus Pinot Noir 2007 is an amazing pinot. Very smooth ,and Lively. I had it at BLT steak last yr in NYC. It was so amazing I went to the Vineyard directly and bougth 2 case's for the office. Everyone agreed that it is an amazing Pinot.

User Tags:

Emeritus!!! Amazing

Snooth User: ctxboiler
79173621
4.00 5
03/06/2011

Selected for a large function at BLT in Washington DC and enjoyed thoroughly by all in attendance. I will be ordering directly for my enjoyment at home. Wonderful Pinot, lively, rich...very nice!


Winemaker's Notes:

This was a year that challenged grape growers and winemakers alike. Two rounds of severe frost, in late March and mid–April, surprised even veteran grape growers, and seriously damaged many of the area’s vineyards. A cool spring hampered flowering, dramatically reducing yields; prolonged summer forest fires west and north of the Hallberg Ranch blanketed the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast with smoke. Conventional wisdom would give the 2008 vintage a big question mark. But 2008 was anything but a conventional year. Because of the extraordinary vagaries of the season, we paid constant attention to the vines. Uneven flowering produced uneven maturation and required us to remove slow–ripening grape clusters, which further reduced yields another 20% to 35%. The remaining grapes benefited from the attention, and full, ripe flavors and maturity developed early. A final warm spell ushered in a fast and furious harvest. In the winery, patience ruled. Through the winter, the wines in barrel were closed and reluctant to reveal their personality. Thankfully, the wines showed no effects of the smoky summer. Waiting and more waiting was rewarded with a truly superb 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that defies conventional wisdom.

Tasting Notes:

In 2008, Mother Nature tested us with fire and ice. The Emeritus Russian River Valley Hallberg Ranch is a voluptuous, flavorful wine with an opulent texture and darker flavors expressing its clonal traits. Supple tannins give the wines an early approachability, highlighting charm, balance, and elegance — traits which exemplify Emeritus Pinot Noir.

This was a year that challenged grape growers and winemakers alike. Two rounds of severe frost, in late March and mid–April, surprised even veteran grape growers, and seriously damaged many of the area’s vineyards. A cool spring hampered flowering, dramatically reducing yields; prolonged summer forest fires west and north of the Hallberg Ranch blanketed the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast with smoke. Conventional wisdom would give the 2008 vintage a big question mark. But 2008 was anything but a conventional year. Because of the extraordinary vagaries of the season, we paid constant attention to the vines. Uneven flowering produced uneven maturation and required us to remove slow–ripening grape clusters, which further reduced yields another 20% to 35%. The remaining grapes benefited from the attention, and full, ripe flavors and maturity developed early. A final warm spell ushered in a fast and furious harvest. In the winery, patience ruled. Through the winter, the wines in barrel were closed and reluctant to reveal their personality. Thankfully, the wines showed no effects of the smoky summer. Waiting and more waiting was rewarded with a truly superb 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that defies conventional wisdom.

Photos

+ Add Image

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »







Snooth Media Network