Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008
The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is always one of our favorite appellation Pinot Noirs. This area, because of the cooler climate, leads to longer hang times and grapes that develop fully ripe flavors at significantly lower sugar levels. This longer hang time also leads to ripe stems which oftentimes allows us to utilize whole cluster fermentations in the wines. The 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes 100% from the Sonatera Vineyard. The Sonatera Vineyard lies in the very cool Petaluma Gap area and it usually one of the last vineyards that we pick in California It is a blend of the Pommard, 777, 667, and 115 clones. These clones ripen at very different times and are picked over about a two week period as each one reaches optimal ripeness. As we mentioned, the wine was fermented with some stems included which helped to create a more complex mélange of flavors. The wine was then aged for 10 months in a mix of new and older French oak barrels. The wine was blended together in tank, using gravity, just a few weeks prior to bottling and was bottled without fining or filtration.
Purchased on sale during the Barrel Tasting weekend, this wine shows the usual remarkable Siduri fruit density, with bing cherry and plum fruit on top of a strong chocolate/charcoal core. Silky in texture, very ripe feeling in the mouth and finish. Plenty of muscle to deal with grilled beef off the barbecue.
One of the many excellent Siduri appellation wines, this Pinot was a steal when purchased at the winery during the Barrel Tasting Weekend. Good black cherry/raspberry fruit density accompanied by notes of dried flowerss, smoke, and a Dr. Pepper-like spiciness. Nicely balanced and full, though a year or so additional age will probably round out the slight austeriy found in the texture.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. The first
"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Surprisingly wiry for a wine from this vineyard and affected by the same slightly earthy note seen in the other Siduri efforts
Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. The first, fairly direct and defined black cherry scents speak well for this wine, but the evident hints of charred toast and greens do it no favors. An early bit of fullness on the palate provides a spark of interest that is partially undone by late-arriving thinness to the fruit. A useful partner to lighter steaks or savory salmon dishes, it falls just short of full marks.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Surprisingly wiry for a wine from this vineyard and affected by the same slightly earthy note seen in the other Siduri efforts, this bottling has a touch of rounding on the palate but then runs into a stiffer side complete with a chalky finishing texture that limits the expression of its middling fruit.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
Fresh scents of raspberries lead into this substantial pinot, which tastes more of ripe blue fruit. It has touches of volatility and menthol in the end, needing time in a decanter to meld and lengthen out. For a steak.
Smooth, with ripe, lively black cherry, plum and blackberry fruit thatrsquo;s neatly tapered. Turns plush and elegant on the finish, where the flavors hold true. A great value. Drink now.
WA 90 Pts - According to Robert Parker - "They have produced a delicious 2008 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands, with the bulk of the grapes coming from the Rosella s Vineyard and the rest from the Pisoni and Garys Vineyards. Round and seductive, with loads of plum, raspberry, and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, and silky tannins, this is a pleasure-filled, luscious style of Pinot to drink over the next 3-4 years." Winemaker's Notes - We aged this Pinot Noir in 38% new French oak for 10 months before bottling without fining or filtration. At this point in time, we are absolutely thrilled with how this wine is developing in bottle. The wine is medium ruby color; deep, slightly closed, black cherry and smoky aromas; ripe, rich, smoky cherry flavors, complex, silky texture; toasty oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex and interesting style with good depth and structure.