Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008

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About This Wine: The 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of four different clones of Pinot Noir fruit fr...

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About This Wine: The 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of four different clones of Pinot Noir fruit from four different vineyard sites. Two of the vineyards are located in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley and the other two in the warmer Santa Rosa Plains subregion of the Russian River Valley appellation. These vineyard sources give the finished wine a nose of wild strawberries and cola and on the palate provide a core of red cherry fruit with an extended finish.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Perception Wines is dedicated to producing small quantities of the finest quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel, using fruit from prestigious family-owned vineyards in the Russian River Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. The Perception portfolio includes a trio of appellation-inspired Russian River Valley wines, and a handful of vineyard-designated wines. The appellation-focused wines feature Perception's flagship Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, as well as exceptional appellation-designate Chardonnay and Zinfandel bottlings. Representing the heart of the Perception winemaking program, these elegantly layered wines are made in small lots and limited quantities, and are released each year during the spring.<br/><br/> In the autumn of each year, Perception releases its vineyard-designate wines, as well as its premier Pinot Noir bottling-Charlatan. Where Perception's Russian River Valley appellation wines explore the rich complexity of individual grape varieties through a diversity of sites and clones, the single-vineyard bottlings capture the terroir-focused essence of prized sites. These wines are made only when merited by the quality of teh vineyard and the vintage, and production is extremely small-often less than 100 cases per bottling. While many wineries reserve their finest fruit for their vineyard-designate wines, Perception takes a slightly different approach by dividing the very best lots and barrels between the appellation-focused wines and vineyard designates. "Our Russian River Valley wines are the core of our portfolio," says Founder and Winemaker Mark Ray. "We want them to be compelling and complete. So instead of stealing all of the best fruit away from our appellation bottlings, we divide the fruit and make significantly less of our vineyard-designates."<br/><br/> Though every wine is a unique expression of its variety, vineyards and vintage, there are common threads that run through each, from a balanced house style that champions harmony and depth to a belief in maintaining the authentic character of each wine by bottling without the use of filtration, fining, or the additions of adjuncts, enhancers, or chemical sterilants. Most important, every wine released by Perception is made entirely by Mark.<br/><br/> In an era when words like "handcrafted" and "artisan" have largely lost their meaning, Mark keeps the production extremely small so that he can personally oversee every detail of the winemaking. This includes being in the vineyards and tasting the grapes constantly in the run-up to harvest, so that he can make picking decisions to accentuate a more elegant and sophisticated style. He is also present for the harvesting and field sorting for every lot of grapes. In the winery, he monitors all of the fermentations, personally punches down the caps by hand, and does al of the winery's cellaring and racking himself. "Unless you're making wine solely by the numbers, you can't phone it in. And why would you want to?" says Mark. "This is what I love to do. This is my dream job. By doing the punch downs by hand and actively managing the fermentations and elevage, I can see and smell every change, every step in forward in the evolution of the wines. I touch every barrel, and know their stories. There's an intimacy that comes from working in small lots. You know when you need to to do something: and maybe more importantly, you understand that sometimes the best thing to do is show restraint, and to leave an already perfect wine alone.<br/><br/> Perception Wines is a partnership between winemaker, Mark Ray, and his two long-time friends Shane MacNicholas and Dean Felber. The dream of making these wines began in Charleston, South Carolina in 1998. The first small amounts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Zinfandel were crushed in the fall of 2007.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varieties:</strong> Pinot Noir (100%)<br/><br/> <strong>Clones/Selections:</strong> 115, 777, 828 114<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> August 30th, September 4th, 5th 8th<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel-aging:</strong> 11 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (48% new)<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.61<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 6.5 grams / liter<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> August 12th, 2009<br/><br/> Cases Produced: 260<br/><br/>

About This Wine: The 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of four different clones of Pinot Noir fruit from four different vineyard sites. Two of the vineyards are located in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley and the other two in the warmer Santa Rosa Plains subregion of the Russian River Valley appellation. These vineyard sources give the finished wine a nose of wild strawberries and cola and on the palate provide a core of red cherry fruit with an extended finish.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Perception Wines is dedicated to producing small quantities of the finest quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel, using fruit from prestigious family-owned vineyards in the Russian River Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. The Perception portfolio includes a trio of appellation-inspired Russian River Valley wines, and a handful of vineyard-designated wines. The appellation-focused wines feature Perception's flagship Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, as well as exceptional appellation-designate Chardonnay and Zinfandel bottlings. Representing the heart of the Perception winemaking program, these elegantly layered wines are made in small lots and limited quantities, and are released each year during the spring.<br/><br/> In the autumn of each year, Perception releases its vineyard-designate wines, as well as its premier Pinot Noir bottling-Charlatan. Where Perception's Russian River Valley appellation wines explore the rich complexity of individual grape varieties through a diversity of sites and clones, the single-vineyard bottlings capture the terroir-focused essence of prized sites. These wines are made only when merited by the quality of teh vineyard and the vintage, and production is extremely small-often less than 100 cases per bottling. While many wineries reserve their finest fruit for their vineyard-designate wines, Perception takes a slightly different approach by dividing the very best lots and barrels between the appellation-focused wines and vineyard designates. "Our Russian River Valley wines are the core of our portfolio," says Founder and Winemaker Mark Ray. "We want them to be compelling and complete. So instead of stealing all of the best fruit away from our appellation bottlings, we divide the fruit and make significantly less of our vineyard-designates."<br/><br/> Though every wine is a unique expression of its variety, vineyards and vintage, there are common threads that run through each, from a balanced house style that champions harmony and depth to a belief in maintaining the authentic character of each wine by bottling without the use of filtration, fining, or the additions of adjuncts, enhancers, or chemical sterilants. Most important, every wine released by Perception is made entirely by Mark.<br/><br/> In an era when words like "handcrafted" and "artisan" have largely lost their meaning, Mark keeps the production extremely small so that he can personally oversee every detail of the winemaking. This includes being in the vineyards and tasting the grapes constantly in the run-up to harvest, so that he can make picking decisions to accentuate a more elegant and sophisticated style. He is also present for the harvesting and field sorting for every lot of grapes. In the winery, he monitors all of the fermentations, personally punches down the caps by hand, and does al of the winery's cellaring and racking himself. "Unless you're making wine solely by the numbers, you can't phone it in. And why would you want to?" says Mark. "This is what I love to do. This is my dream job. By doing the punch downs by hand and actively managing the fermentations and elevage, I can see and smell every change, every step in forward in the evolution of the wines. I touch every barrel, and know their stories. There's an intimacy that comes from working in small lots. You know when you need to to do something: and maybe more importantly, you understand that sometimes the best thing to do is show restraint, and to leave an already perfect wine alone.<br/><br/> Perception Wines is a partnership between winemaker, Mark Ray, and his two long-time friends Shane MacNicholas and Dean Felber. The dream of making these wines began in Charleston, South Carolina in 1998. The first small amounts of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Zinfandel were crushed in the fall of 2007.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varieties:</strong> Pinot Noir (100%)<br/><br/> <strong>Clones/Selections:</strong> 115, 777, 828 114<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> August 30th, September 4th, 5th 8th<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel-aging:</strong> 11 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels (48% new)<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.61<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 6.5 grams / liter<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> August 12th, 2009<br/><br/> Cases Produced: 260<br/><br/>

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