Starr Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

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About This Wine: Gary and Debbie Farrell purchased the 23 acre estate now known as Starr Ridge Vineyard in 1996. “We were immediately drawn to this property for its breathtaking beauty and undeniable vineyard potential. The diversity of soil types, rolling topography and cool, breezy Russian River Valley location provided the ideal setting for the cultivation of extraordinary Pinot Noir wine grapes.”<br/><br/> Dijon and Pommard clones were matched to low-vigor rootstocks individually selected for each soil type. A variety of planting densities and watering zones were also incorporated, to best suit the needs of each vineyard block. “Considering fruit from this property would supply our own wine brand, our focus never deviated from maximizing the incredible quality potential of this site.”<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage Summary:</strong> 2008 was a tremendous vintage for producers favoring finesse and elegance in their wines. As you may recall, 2007 provided very bright, but highly extracted, dense wines from our region. While many enjoy this style, it is not the style of winemaking I have embraced during my career. Rather, I prefer more subtlety in my wines; with greater focus on purity of fruit, acute balance and elegance than density or power. Thankfully, 2008 provided ideal fruit composition for crafting wines of this style.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker Notes:</strong> This tightly wound wine is dominated by a complex core black cherry, spice and a touch of anise. Lavish oak brings a sense of richness to the mid-palate, as flavors expand to reveal notes of dark berries and fresh plum. For those able to resist this wine’s youthful allure and charm, wonderfully integrated tannins and vibrant acidity promise even greater rewards from careful short-term cellaring.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches of the Russian River Valley. Consistent with Gary’s “no compromise” approach, he equipped his new Westside Road (Healdsburg) facility with the finest tools obtainable; precisely what we would expect from the winemaker who promises to “eclipse” anything he has previously produced during his three decades of winemaking.<br/><br/> <strong>THE WINES:</strong> Pinot Noir is the clear focus of this brand, but tiny lots of Chardonnay will also be released under the Alysian label. Gary will remain true to his “signature style” of winemaking by producing fully flavored, acutely balanced wines with a keen focus on elegance and structural integrity. Though critics often reward wines expressing excessive density, extract and alcohol, Gary continues to refute this style, favoring a more sophisticated, structurally correct and age-worthy approach to winemaking. By sourcing grapes that ripen (and reach flavor maturity) at lower sugar levels, Gary is able to produce fully flavored wines possessing lower alcohols and higher natural acidity; resulting in vibrant wines that cellar well and are great companions with food.<br/><br/> <strong>THE NAME:</strong> “Alysian” (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution. Our logo is an ancient mark, commonly referencing a return to one’s center or beginning. Others suggest a far simpler translation; “the journey.”<br/><br/> <strong>THE VINEYARD:</strong> In addition to the obvious contributions of veteran winemaker Gary Farrell, the Alysian wines will have another clear and distinct advantage over most other brands… access to the finest, most reputable vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Gary was one of the very first winemakers to specialize in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir during the mid-1980′s, and his long standing relationships with the region’s most elite growers will result in designated wines from Rochioli, Allen, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge, Hallberg and Floodgate vineyards.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vineyard Clones:</strong> Starr Ridge Vineyard – East Terrace<br/>Dijon clones 115 and 777<br/><br/> <strong>Average brix:</strong> 24.1<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Titratable acidity:</strong> 6.9 gm/L<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.43<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Program:</strong> 100% French oak; Francois Freres, Rousseau; 45% new; ML fermentation in barrel; 11 months in barrel<br/><br/>

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About This Wine: Gary and Debbie Farrell purchased the 23 acre estate now known as Starr Ridge Vineyard in 1996. “We were immediately drawn to this property for its breathtaking beauty and undeniable vineyard potential. The diversity of soil types, rolling topography and cool, breezy Russian River Valley location provided the ideal setting for the cultivation of extraordinary Pinot Noir wine grapes.”<br/><br/> Dijon and Pommard clones were matched to low-vigor rootstocks individually selected for each soil type. A variety of planting densities and watering zones were also incorporated, to best suit the needs of each vineyard block. “Considering fruit from this property would supply our own wine brand, our focus never deviated from maximizing the incredible quality potential of this site.”<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage Summary:</strong> 2008 was a tremendous vintage for producers favoring finesse and elegance in their wines. As you may recall, 2007 provided very bright, but highly extracted, dense wines from our region. While many enjoy this style, it is not the style of winemaking I have embraced during my career. Rather, I prefer more subtlety in my wines; with greater focus on purity of fruit, acute balance and elegance than density or power. Thankfully, 2008 provided ideal fruit composition for crafting wines of this style.<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker Notes:</strong> This tightly wound wine is dominated by a complex core black cherry, spice and a touch of anise. Lavish oak brings a sense of richness to the mid-palate, as flavors expand to reveal notes of dark berries and fresh plum. For those able to resist this wine’s youthful allure and charm, wonderfully integrated tannins and vibrant acidity promise even greater rewards from careful short-term cellaring.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Gary Farrell sold his very successful “namesake” brand in 2004 with ambitions of “returning to his roots” as a true artisan producer of extremely limited production Pinot Noir wines. In 2007, he partnered with longtime colleagues, Bill Hambrecht and Denise Sanders, to create the ideal winemaking environment for the production of small lot, ultra-premium wines from the cooler reaches of the Russian River Valley. Consistent with Gary’s “no compromise” approach, he equipped his new Westside Road (Healdsburg) facility with the finest tools obtainable; precisely what we would expect from the winemaker who promises to “eclipse” anything he has previously produced during his three decades of winemaking.<br/><br/> <strong>THE WINES:</strong> Pinot Noir is the clear focus of this brand, but tiny lots of Chardonnay will also be released under the Alysian label. Gary will remain true to his “signature style” of winemaking by producing fully flavored, acutely balanced wines with a keen focus on elegance and structural integrity. Though critics often reward wines expressing excessive density, extract and alcohol, Gary continues to refute this style, favoring a more sophisticated, structurally correct and age-worthy approach to winemaking. By sourcing grapes that ripen (and reach flavor maturity) at lower sugar levels, Gary is able to produce fully flavored wines possessing lower alcohols and higher natural acidity; resulting in vibrant wines that cellar well and are great companions with food.<br/><br/> <strong>THE NAME:</strong> “Alysian” (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution. Our logo is an ancient mark, commonly referencing a return to one’s center or beginning. Others suggest a far simpler translation; “the journey.”<br/><br/> <strong>THE VINEYARD:</strong> In addition to the obvious contributions of veteran winemaker Gary Farrell, the Alysian wines will have another clear and distinct advantage over most other brands… access to the finest, most reputable vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Gary was one of the very first winemakers to specialize in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir during the mid-1980′s, and his long standing relationships with the region’s most elite growers will result in designated wines from Rochioli, Allen, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge, Hallberg and Floodgate vineyards.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vineyard Clones:</strong> Starr Ridge Vineyard – East Terrace<br/>Dijon clones 115 and 777<br/><br/> <strong>Average brix:</strong> 24.1<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2% by volume<br/><br/> <strong>Titratable acidity:</strong> 6.9 gm/L<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.43<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Program:</strong> 100% French oak; Francois Freres, Rousseau; 45% new; ML fermentation in barrel; 11 months in barrel<br/><br/>

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