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Russian Hill Estate Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Leras 2003

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Leras Vineyard is owned and farmed by Nick Leras whose family members are pioneer grape growers in the Russian River Valley. Nick personally tends to his grapes and performs all aspects of grape growing including vine propagation and field budding. The vineyard has slowly been brought to maturity and is now dry farmed. The trellising system is a modified Scott Henry which provides excellent balance to these vines grown in richer, low lying soils. The fruit from Nick Leras' vineyard always produces a rich, structured Pinot noir that requires a little extra time in the bottle. This is a Pinot with beautiful clarity and a rich nose of licorice and cherry. On the palate, the flavors expand to include earthy tones. The wine has nicely integrated tannins which give it a beautiful structure suggesting age worthiness. 92 pts - PinotReport: "deep, complex, earthy cherry aromas; good structure and balance, long finish"

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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

Leras Vineyard is owned and farmed by Nick Leras whose family members are pioneer grape growers in the Russian River Valley. Nick personally tends to his grapes and performs all aspects of grape growing including vine propagation and field budding. The vineyard has slowly been brought to maturity and is now dry farmed. The trellising system is a modified Scott Henry which provides excellent balance to these vines grown in richer, low lying soils. The fruit from Nick Leras' vineyard always produces a rich, structured Pinot noir that requires a little extra time in the bottle. This is a Pinot with beautiful clarity and a rich nose of licorice and cherry. On the palate, the flavors expand to include earthy tones. The wine has nicely integrated tannins which give it a beautiful structure suggesting age worthiness. 92 pts - PinotReport: "deep, complex, earthy cherry aromas; good structure and balance, long finish"

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