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Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Tight, almost rosebud-like notes greet the nose along with hints of melon, roasting coffee beans and briary wood, all over some lightly jammy raspberry fruit. This is very intense in the mouth with saturating flavors of cherry, carob, nutty oak and macerated herbs. There's a real energy to this, but it's full of New World style. Plenty of oak and wood tannins are balanced by decent acidity, intense wild raspberry and creamy, vanilla-laced black cherry fruit. The finish is long and powerful with tannins and some stickiness contributing to the length, ending with some spicy, almost beefy notes. This is a powerhouse of a wine. Love it or hate it, it does what it does quite well. 92pts

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Sonoma-Loeb Wines:
Dennis P. Murphy General Manager Sonoma-Loeb Wines 50 Broad Street NYC, NY 10004 1-800-989-2440 Cell: 516 857 3213 Chardonnay Reserve: FOB $170.00 Cabernet Reserve: FOB $250.00 PRIVATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY - VINTAGE 2007 ($265.00 / $22.09) Varietal: 100% Chardonnay 39% Sangiacomo - Sonoma Carneros 37% Cold Creek - Sonoma Carneros 24% Farina - Sonoma Mountain Origin of Barrels... Read more
Dennis P. Murphy General Manager Sonoma-Loeb Wines 50 Broad Street NYC, NY 10004 1-800-989-2440 Cell: 516 857 3213 Chardonnay Reserve: FOB $170.00 Cabernet Reserve: FOB $250.00 PRIVATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY - VINTAGE 2007 ($265.00 / $22.09) Varietal: 100% Chardonnay 39% Sangiacomo - Sonoma Carneros 37% Cold Creek - Sonoma Carneros 24% Farina - Sonoma Mountain Origin of Barrels: 50% - new french oak 50% 1 year old Barrels - Sirugue, Remond cooperages Wood from the Allier and Vosges forests of France 80% Malolactic 8 months on lees Mr Loeb has been producing 600 tons of grapes annually with the help of wine maker Phillip Corallo-Titus Year after year, Sonoma-Loeb grapes have been purchased by many of California's leading wineries. Now, Mr. Loeb is devoting a small portion of his best chardonnay to the production of Sonoma-Loeb Wines hand-crafted with the most exacting techniques of modem viticulture. His wines are aged in French oak barriques and receive the care that is possible only when small quantities are made. The Sonoma-Loeb Chardonnays are 100% barrel-fermented in the finest French oak and remain in contact with the lees for up to eight months. The properties lie in two parcels: One parcel is 47 acres; It is planted with chardonnay in the Alexander Valley. These 47 acres lie across a small dirt road from the Robert Young Vineyard. They are directly adjacent to this great vineyard in the Alexander Valley. These acres yield fruit of a similar style and have flavor elements similar to their next door neighbor. The second parcel is 69 acres; It is planted with champagne grapes, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This land borders the Russian River -- not far from the world renowned Bohemian Grove. The Russian Riverbend Vineyard takes its name from the Russian River which flows by Mr. Loeb's property. MORE TASTING FROM THE SONOMA-LOEB COLLECTION PRIVATE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON - VINTAGE 2005 ($397.00 / $33.09) Varietal: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec Harvest Dates: October 20-27, 2005 Productions: 14 Barrels Origin of Barrels: 100% French Oak 75% New / 25% 1 yr old Time in Barrels: 22 Months The wine is concentrated with dark fruit characters and subtle herbal notes. French oak adds spiciness and roasted coffee aromas. The wine is big and mouth filling but tannins are soft and supple. The wine is tasting great now but should have another 10 years of aging potential for those who are patient enough to cellar the wine. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,985
4.00 5
11/19/2012

Tight, almost rosebud-like notes greet the nose along with hints of melon, roasting coffee beans and briary wood, all over some lightly jammy raspberry fruit. This is very intense in the mouth with saturating flavors of cherry, carob, nutty oak and macerated herbs. There's a real energy to this, but it's full of New World style. Plenty of oak and wood tannins are balanced by decent acidity, intense wild raspberry and creamy, vanilla-laced black cherry fruit. The finish is long and powerful with tannins and some stickiness contributing to the length, ending with some spicy, almost beefy notes. This is a powerhouse of a wine. Love it or hate it, it does what it does quite well. 92pts




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