Russian Hill Estate Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Estate Grown Tara Vineyard 2005

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After sorting, the grapes were gently destemmed into small, custom designed open top fermenters and kept below 50°F for a five day cold soak. Tanks were then individually warmed to allow fermentation to take place in a timely manner followed by cooling as needed to maintain temperatures below 85°F. Thrice daily pneumatic punch downs took place during the cold soak and fermentation. Once dry, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press keeping free run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. Adjacent to our winery, Tara Vineyard is on the lower, easterly facing slope of the hill. The vineyard was planted in 1998 with 4453 rootstock and later field budded to Dijon clone 115. The soil in this area has a dark charcoal hue without the river rock so prominent in our adjacent Syrah blocks. The vines have slowly been brought to maturity and irrigation is minimized to ensure concentration of flavors and eventual dry farming. A big, rich nose heralds the dark fruit and spice flavors to follow. On the palate, the wine is as silky as butter with lush flavors of black cherry, plum, cocoa butter and toasty vanilla. 96 pts, PinotReport: "rich and complex, this Pinot is full of layered flavor" 1 puff, Connoisseurs' Guide: "is at once both rich and fairly pert in manner" Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition The 2005 growing season began late, after a somewhat prolonged winter, and was remarkable for unseasonably cool, foggy weather through much of the season. The month of May was the wettest in recorded history and rain even persisted into June. Crop set was variable depending on local weather conditions at the time of bloom. There was seemingly no summer with only two minor "warm" spells, one each in July and August. The persistent cool weather in 2005 caused multiple delays in picking and a very staggered harvest. Months in barrel: 16 Oak: 100% French

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Russian Hill Estate Winery:
The history of grape growing in our region begins with the early Russian settlers who were the first emigrants to settle the area and plant vines. A little known fact is that these plantings, which begin in 1817, were the earliest in northern California, antedating those of Padre Jose Altimira in Sonoma Valley. The region became an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983 and its bound... Read more
The history of grape growing in our region begins with the early Russian settlers who were the first emigrants to settle the area and plant vines. A little known fact is that these plantings, which begin in 1817, were the earliest in northern California, antedating those of Padre Jose Altimira in Sonoma Valley. The region became an official American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983 and its boundaries underwent an expansion in 2005. The area now boasts over 15,000 acres of vineyards, 200 grape growers and 75 wineries. The wines of the Russian River Valley are increasingly recognized as among the best in the world and the appellation is often quoted as one of the top in the country. Our "cool climate viticulture" conditions are perfect for growing certain wine grapes, especially Pinot noir and Chardonnay, and recent experience has also shown that "cool climate" Syrah is a distinctive wine unmatched by its warm climate counterpart. Russian Hill Estate Winery has found its perfect home. Russian Hill Estate, a family owned and operated winery, is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Using the utmost care from vineyard to bottle, Russian Hill is dedicated to the production of world-class Pinot noir and Syrah. The key philosophy of the winery is to maintain the highest degree of excellence in viticultural and winemaking practices to allow wines to fully express the various vineyards that are their source. Edward Gomez and Ellen Mack established Russian Hill in 1997 after a two-year intensive search for the appropriate site. It was imperative that the land be capable of producing outstanding estate vineyards but also allow for construction of a winery. Only by having full control of both the vineyard and wine production, did the team at Russian Hill feel they could produce wines of the quality they envisioned. Read less

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After sorting, the grapes were gently destemmed into small, custom designed open top fermenters and kept below 50°F for a five day cold soak. Tanks were then individually warmed to allow fermentation to take place in a timely manner followed by cooling as needed to maintain temperatures below 85°F. Thrice daily pneumatic punch downs took place during the cold soak and fermentation. Once dry, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press keeping free run and press fractions separate. Malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. Adjacent to our winery, Tara Vineyard is on the lower, easterly facing slope of the hill. The vineyard was planted in 1998 with 4453 rootstock and later field budded to Dijon clone 115. The soil in this area has a dark charcoal hue without the river rock so prominent in our adjacent Syrah blocks. The vines have slowly been brought to maturity and irrigation is minimized to ensure concentration of flavors and eventual dry farming. A big, rich nose heralds the dark fruit and spice flavors to follow. On the palate, the wine is as silky as butter with lush flavors of black cherry, plum, cocoa butter and toasty vanilla. 96 pts, PinotReport: "rich and complex, this Pinot is full of layered flavor" 1 puff, Connoisseurs' Guide: "is at once both rich and fairly pert in manner" Gold Medal, American Fine Wine Competition The 2005 growing season began late, after a somewhat prolonged winter, and was remarkable for unseasonably cool, foggy weather through much of the season. The month of May was the wettest in recorded history and rain even persisted into June. Crop set was variable depending on local weather conditions at the time of bloom. There was seemingly no summer with only two minor "warm" spells, one each in July and August. The persistent cool weather in 2005 caused multiple delays in picking and a very staggered harvest. Months in barrel: 16 Oak: 100% French

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