Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008

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Deep garnet color and layered aromas of berries, dried rose petals and spice. Silky palate of brambly red and black b...

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Bitchen, complex, earthy Pinot. Great with a steak or on it's own. Even when the palette starts to deaden this Pinot tastes fantastic. Read more

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Snooth User: hanabi
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06/18/2011

Bitchen, complex, earthy Pinot. Great with a steak or on it's own. Even when the palette starts to deaden this Pinot tastes fantastic.


Winemaker's Notes:

In 2008, there was more springtime frost than usual, but we were lucky enough to not be greatly affected—unlike some of our neighbors. We found ourselves enduring erratic temperatures in May, with heat spikes followed by cool weather and very little rain. June and July brought heat in combination with smoke strewn across Northern California. Luckily, our grapes were not affected by the smoke to our north. While the harvest was busy at first, mid-September brought cooler weather which slowed ripening, allowing us to catch our breath, and finish out the season calmly. The strong 2008 vintage resulted in concentrated wines, full of distinctive character.

Tasting Notes:

Deep garnet color and layered aromas of berries, dried rose petals and spice. Silky palate of brambly red and black berry, black cherry and an element of warm earth and forest floor. Vibrant acidity, smooth tannins and fresh fruit flavors draw to a long elegant finish with rich espresso notes. Will continue to improve with three to seven years cellaring from vintage date.

In 2008, there was more springtime frost than usual, but we were lucky enough to not be greatly affected—unlike some of our neighbors. We found ourselves enduring erratic temperatures in May, with heat spikes followed by cool weather and very little rain. June and July brought heat in combination with smoke strewn across Northern California. Luckily, our grapes were not affected by the smoke to our north. While the harvest was busy at first, mid-September brought cooler weather which slowed ripening, allowing us to catch our breath, and finish out the season calmly. The strong 2008 vintage resulted in concentrated wines, full of distinctive character.

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Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Notes: 40% new

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.74
Total Acidity: 0.65 grams per liter

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