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Robert Stemmler Pinot Noir Carneros Ferguson Block 2005

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Wine Tasting Notes Magical nuances of fresh raspberries and minerals. Expansive on the palate with red fruit, carbon and briar. There is a depth that only comes from old vines...this wine will age gracefully.

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Robert Stemmler Winery:
Robert Stemmler is a pioneer, an early and passionate producer of outstanding California Pinot Noir. He is also a dear friend of the Racke family. And that is why our label bears his name. Robert arrived in Napa Valley in 1961 after making wine for nearly a decade in his native Germany. He worked at the prestigious Charles Krug Winery with the Mondavi brothers, then became winemaker at histori... Read more
Robert Stemmler is a pioneer, an early and passionate producer of outstanding California Pinot Noir. He is also a dear friend of the Racke family. And that is why our label bears his name. Robert arrived in Napa Valley in 1961 after making wine for nearly a decade in his native Germany. He worked at the prestigious Charles Krug Winery with the Mondavi brothers, then became winemaker at historic Simi in Sonoma County. He also consulted for other prominent wineries like Inglenook, St. Clement and Raymond, and in 1976, founded his own winery in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. In 1982, having found a cool-climate Russian River Valley fruit source, he released his first Pinot Noir to great critical acclaim. Meanwhile, Marcus and Anne Moller-Racke arrived from Germany in 1981 to work at their family’s Buena Vista Winery in the Carneros region. Anne was named vineyard manager in 1983, and she learned her craft from, among others, legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. At the same time, Robert was mentoring young Pinot Noir producers like Davis Bynum and Gary Farrell. Robert traveled widely, tirelessly promoting his Pinot Noir at tastings dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay producers, and he steadily developed his own following. It was in Aspen, Colorado, in 1984 that Marcus Moller-Racke introduced him to Anne and their friendship began. In 1989, weary of travel, Robert retired from full-time winemaking after 35 years. His friends, the Rackes, purchased his label, maintaining it as a wine club and tasting room brand within Buena Vista. By the late 1990’s, Anne was vice president of vineyard operations, managing a thousand acres of vines and replanting half of them. During the same period, Kenneth Juhasz honed his skills making Pinot Noir at Flynn Vineyards in Oregon. When Buena Vista sold to Allied Domecq in 2001, the Racke family kept one jewel of a vineyard they called The Donum Estate, where Anne launched an “ultimate Pinot Noir” project to create wines of exquisite quality. With the addition of Ferguson Block and Nugent as estate vineyards, Robert Stemmler became Donum’s sister brand. In 2002, Kenneth Juhasz joined a devoted team of professionals who share Robert Stemmler’s passion for Pinot Noir and who also enjoy his counsel during his periodic visits to talk and taste with them. Today, Stemmler wines are available at fine restaurants and retail shops in key markets throughout the United States. Read less

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03/30/2009

This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. A handcrafted limited release from Robert Stemmler Winery, the 2005 Carneros Pinot Noir was produced from the Ferguson block of The Donum Estate, the oldest portion of the vineyard site. Planted in 1974, the Ferguson block is responsible for the winery’s quintessential Pinot Noir known for its perfect balance of intensity and elegance. This beautiful wine has achieved remarkable critical acclaim including 93 Points from Wine & Spirits magazine and 93 Points from Connoisseurs’ Guide: “From its very rich, well-defined, ripe-cherry aromas to its ample, and impressively concentrated flavors, this tour de force Pinot Noir hits all the right marks and it vies for top honors both for its keen balance and for its enormous fruit. Downright fleshy in feel, yet always bright and alive, it will be hard to resist in the near term but has the fruity stamina to develop famously for another five or more years.” Also the recipient of 92 Points from The Wine Report and 90 Points from Wine News, Robert Stemmler’s 2005 Carneros Pinot Noir’s delicious heady mix of cedar, strawberries, and cranberries with pair wonderfully with beef and lamb dishes. Aged 11 months in oak. 100% Pinot Noir. Enjoy now until 2012.


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01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesMagical nuances of fresh raspberries and minerals. Expansive on the palate with red fruit, carbon and briar. There is a depth that only comes from old vines...this wine will age gracefully.



Wine Tasting Notes Magical nuances of fresh raspberries and minerals. Expansive on the palate with red fruit, carbon and briar. There is a depth that only comes from old vines...this wine will age gracefully.

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