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Russian Hill Estate Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Leras 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. Leras Vineyard is owned and farmed by Nick Leras whose family members are pioneer grape growers in the Russian River Valley, having farmed winegrapes in this area since 1918. Nick personally tends to his grapes and performs all aspects of grape growing including vine propagation and field budding. The vineyard has been slowly 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. Our Leras Pinot always has a beautiful expression of spice flavors and the 2005 vintage is no exception. The nose hints of white pepper, cardamom, Asian spice as well as toasty caramel. On the palate, these rich spices highlight a core of red raspberry and black cherry with just a touch of earthiness. This classic-d Pinot tends to be a long lived wine appropriate for cellar aging. 95 pts PinotReport: "deep and complex, combines silky, approachable fruit with great structure" Months in barrel: 16

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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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Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
3.50 5
05/30/2011

More elegant and balanced than the 2002 vintage, this is a still fairly thin wine that changes little over time, but it has all the classic aromas and flavors of California Pinot. The nose and palate both show pleasant notes of tomato, blueberry and plum, and it has a bright, smooth, fruity finish.


Snooth User: Betsey
3143
4.00 5
12/02/2007

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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. Leras Vineyard is owned and farmed by Nick Leras whose family members are pioneer grape growers in the Russian River Valley, having farmed winegrapes in this area since 1918. Nick personally tends to his grapes and performs all aspects of grape growing including vine propagation and field budding. The vineyard has been slowly 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. Our Leras Pinot always has a beautiful expression of spice flavors and the 2005 vintage is no exception. The nose hints of white pepper, cardamom, Asian spice as well as toasty caramel. On the palate, these rich spices highlight a core of red raspberry and black cherry with just a touch of earthiness. This classic-d Pinot tends to be a long lived wine appropriate for cellar aging. 95 pts PinotReport: "deep and complex, combines silky, approachable fruit with great structure" Months in barrel: 16

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