Wattle Creek Pinot Noir Yorkville Highlands 2006

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A robust Pinot Noir from the Yorkville Highlands, one of Claifornia's most exciting viticultural areas. Bold aromas of blackberry and cherry burst out of the glass with hints of smoke and leather. The palate delivers similar traits allied to chunky flavours of chocolate and sweet spice. The finish is ripe, long and memorable.

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Wattle Creek Winery:
Christopher and Kristine Williams were busy raising their family in Arizona when they received a call from a Sonoma County friend that would change their lives. A rare opportunity to purchase an Alexander Valley vineyard had presented itself and the Williams quickly boarded a plane to California in 1994 to view the property. They were captivated with the beauty of the area and the special natu... Read more
Christopher and Kristine Williams were busy raising their family in Arizona when they received a call from a Sonoma County friend that would change their lives. A rare opportunity to purchase an Alexander Valley vineyard had presented itself and the Williams quickly boarded a plane to California in 1994 to view the property. They were captivated with the beauty of the area and the special nature of the hillside property which is bordered by the famed Russian River. Within a day they made the decision to purchase the magical 56 acres that later became Wattle Creek Winery. Family and dogs in tow, they relocated permanently to California in 2001 and dedicated themselves to making wine that they and their friends would enjoy. We're proud to produce wines that are almost exclusively Estate grown. You may not hear this term often, because many wineries purchase their grapes or their juice from outside the winery. Estate grown means that we have ultimate control over the quality and consistency of the wines which are made from our Alexander Valley and Yorkville Highlands vineyards. Chris and Kristine decide at harvest if the quality of a particular varietal is up to Wattle Creek standards. and if it's not. well, it doesn't go into a Wattle Creek bottle. It goes to the market to be sold to the other guys. Wattle Creek wines reflect the best and brightest of our vineyards. That's the only way we can guarantee to our customers and club members that they will receive the quality they've come to expect from Wattle Creek. Year in and year out. The Wattle Creek tasting room is located in San Francisco's historic Ghirardelli Square and is open seven days a week. We are open Monday through Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm Read less

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Snooth User: glpease
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11/10/2010

This is a wonderfully elegant expression of Pinot Noir. Lighter red and pinkish robe, reminiscent of lighter Burgundian styles, with glints of copper at the rim. The nose presents subtle cherry notes, with hints of sagebrush, lavender and truffle. Deeper sniffs show raw ethanol, but this fades in the glass fairly quickly. At first, it's almost sprtizy, and the wine benefits dramatically from a little air-time; give it at least 20-minutes to open up. On the palate, the fruit dominates, with an engaging brambly backdrop, whispers of oak, a refreshing astringency and a hard to pin-down verdant character. The finish is long and vibrant, slightly tannic, with musky hints of persimmon, leaving you ready for another sip. Serve this one with ham or roasted or gently smoked fowl. It makes a nice quaffer on its own, though, so don't give the pairing too much thought. I would, though, keep it away from assertive cheeses, which would walk all over the delicacy of this lovely wine. If this is any indication of the winery's approach, I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more of Wattle Creek's juice. Drink between now and 2012.



A robust Pinot Noir from the Yorkville Highlands, one of Claifornia's most exciting viticultural areas. Bold aromas of blackberry and cherry burst out of the glass with hints of smoke and leather. The palate delivers similar traits allied to chunky flavours of chocolate and sweet spice. The finish is ripe, long and memorable.

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