Skewis Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Bush 2006

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2006 Skewis Pinot Noir Bush Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma CountyBrilliant dark ruby color. Bright, fresh aromas of strawberry, cherry, and blackberry mingle with a hint of toast and mineral/fresh cut pencil. Added notes of root-beer and nutmeg spice with a subtle whiff of orange peel and dried herbs. Texture is lush with a good acid balance. Aromas follow through to additional flavors of pomegranate, caramel and sweet tobacco. Long lasting, complex and rich finish. Only 190 cases produced. This is a California Wine.

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Skewis Wines:
Hank and Maggie Skewis founded Skewis Wines with the intention of producing high quality, vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from The North Coast region of California. The first grapes were purchased in 1994 from the Floodgate Vineyard in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley. In subsequent years we have contracted for fruit from additional vineyards in the Anderson and Russian River Valleys. Our ann... Read more
Hank and Maggie Skewis founded Skewis Wines with the intention of producing high quality, vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from The North Coast region of California. The first grapes were purchased in 1994 from the Floodgate Vineyard in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley. In subsequent years we have contracted for fruit from additional vineyards in the Anderson and Russian River Valleys. Our annual production has increased slowly to the current level of 900 cases released in 2005. We believe that the finest Pinot Noir can only be made from low yielding vines located in premium growing regions. We work with growers who share this belief and rigorously limit yields by means of winter pruning, spring shoot thinning, and summer cluster thinning prior to "veraison." As a result, the average crops in the vineyards we contract with are between two and two and one-half tons per acre. Harvest dates are determined by a mixture of sugar and acid analysis, tasting and observation of the vines and fruit. Typical numbers might be 24-25 degrees Brix and pH in the range of 3.3-3.5. Once harvested, the grapes are gently crushed into small bins, fermented quite warm (up to 90-95°F) for maximum extraction of color, phenolics and complexity of fruit, then pressed into French Oak barrels where the new wine completes primary and secondary (malolactic) fermentations. An 18 month aging period follows, during which the wines are rarely handled and clarify naturally, eliminating the need for fining or filtration prior to bottling. They are bottled and aged an additional 4-6 months before release in October of each year. We feel strongly that our "hands-off" approach allows the wines to develop and exhibit all the wonderful complexities for which this delicate variety is famous. Limited production and regular evaluation in the vineyard and the cellar help us to create Pinot Noirs which we feel compare favorably with the best that the new and old worlds have to offer. Read less

Member Reviews for Skewis Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Bush

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Snooth User: Wine Unfiltered
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4.00 5
04/13/2009

Garnet ruby and crystal clear. Great balance of tannin and tart. Oaky, with cola and raspberry. Super palate cleansing while at the same time exudes a butterscotch, anise, cigar and cherry nose. It's everything a Pinot should be.


Snooth User: aboxforspam
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0.50 5
07/30/2010

One half glass


Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 03/04/2009

Didnt care for it



2006 Skewis Pinot Noir Bush Vineyard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma CountyBrilliant dark ruby color. Bright, fresh aromas of strawberry, cherry, and blackberry mingle with a hint of toast and mineral/fresh cut pencil. Added notes of root-beer and nutmeg spice with a subtle whiff of orange peel and dried herbs. Texture is lush with a good acid balance. Aromas follow through to additional flavors of pomegranate, caramel and sweet tobacco. Long lasting, complex and rich finish. Only 190 cases produced. This is a California Wine.

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