Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

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About This Wine: Violets. Black Tea. Clove. Sandalwood. Vibrant. Silky. Alpine Strawberries. Blueberries. Maple Syrup.<br/><br/> Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested in the early morning and placed in a small open top fermentor, and cold - soaked with dry ice to maintain an oxygen-free environment until the native yeasts become restless and begin transforming sugars into wine. The temperature heats up and the cap (skins and seeds) is gently mixed into the must (liquid) via hand punchdowns, imperative for temperature control and extraction. The wine is pressed off to barrels where it finishes primary fermentation and eventually malolactic fermentation.<br/><br/> About The Winery: In life, usually the biggest challenges offer the greatest rewards. This is what drew me to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — Grapes that grow on the margins of viticultural regions. Preferring cool, foggy days to sunlit ones, these varietals have the potential to offer complete expression of their roots. However, this requires the subtle and intuitive touch of a good farmer and eventually the gentle influence of the winemaker.<br/><br/> While the grape clusters are bathed in soft light, the grapevine roots seek water and nutrients in light, airy Goldridge soil. Derived from ancient uplifted seabed, with a dusting of volcanic ash, the soil feels like moon dust. More importantly, it holds a limited supply of water and nutrients, creating perfectly balanced grapevines... and even better wines.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Region:</strong> Russian River Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2%<br/><br/>

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  • 2010

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Winery: VML Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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About This Wine: Violets. Black Tea. Clove. Sandalwood. Vibrant. Silky. Alpine Strawberries. Blueberries. Maple Syrup.<br/><br/> Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested in the early morning and placed in a small open top fermentor, and cold - soaked with dry ice to maintain an oxygen-free environment until the native yeasts become restless and begin transforming sugars into wine. The temperature heats up and the cap (skins and seeds) is gently mixed into the must (liquid) via hand punchdowns, imperative for temperature control and extraction. The wine is pressed off to barrels where it finishes primary fermentation and eventually malolactic fermentation.<br/><br/> About The Winery: In life, usually the biggest challenges offer the greatest rewards. This is what drew me to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — Grapes that grow on the margins of viticultural regions. Preferring cool, foggy days to sunlit ones, these varietals have the potential to offer complete expression of their roots. However, this requires the subtle and intuitive touch of a good farmer and eventually the gentle influence of the winemaker.<br/><br/> While the grape clusters are bathed in soft light, the grapevine roots seek water and nutrients in light, airy Goldridge soil. Derived from ancient uplifted seabed, with a dusting of volcanic ash, the soil feels like moon dust. More importantly, it holds a limited supply of water and nutrients, creating perfectly balanced grapevines... and even better wines.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietals:</strong> Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Region:</strong> Russian River Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2%<br/><br/>

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