Emeritus Vineyards Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2008

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

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User Reviews for Emeritus Vineyards Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Sonoma County

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.

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