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2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Dutton Ranch - Emerald Ridge Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 2 & 5, 2018
6.4 gm/Lit.
Aged 16 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Bottling Date
March 2020
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Tasting Notes
You know that blissed out feeling you get when you smell a wine that makes you want to jump into the glass? That’s what you’ll feel when you put your nose into our 2018 Emerald Ridge Pinot. It hits all the texture-fruit-spice-floral notes, with its juicy, plush blueberry fruit framed by sandalwood and lavender. While it’s opulent, it also has a fresh lift and energy to the aromas. The wine follows through in the mouth, with a broad and enveloping wash of rich blueberry, boysenberry, and black cherry. The basket of fruit is carried on round but firm black tea tannins, which, combined with the harmonious balance of the wine, promises a lengthy future.
Vineyard Notes
We love making this wine more and more every year. It exemplifies our favorite Green Valley Pinot Noir characters with its core of berry fruit, solid structure and acidity, silky tannins, and an evolving nature in the glass. The vineyard is situated on an east-facing knoll the middle of Green Valley. In 2001, Steve planted its perfectly drained Goldridge sandy loam soil to several Pinot clonal blocks. Dan has chosen to use three to consider for this special offering: the mixed block of Pommard and 2A, which produces deep, dark and chewy wine (there’s always something special about mixed clone fermentations); the 667 block, which adds focus and precise berry fruit; and the 828 block, providing ebullient freshness and solid structure. This year the wine was constructed from sixteen barrels each of the 828 and 2A/Pommard blocks, to provide us a wine with the crystalline fruit focus and luscious pleasure that we adore from this neighborhood.
Production Notes
After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigat¬ing harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2019, then sent back to barrel until its bottling in March of 2020. Taransaud barrels provide weight and richness, Hermitage barrels bring spice (think blueberry cobbler), while Fouquet chimes in with a little extra sweetness.
Food Pairing Notes
Counterpoint the sweet fruit of the wine with savory dishes like herbed pork or fowl, pasta with mushrooms and prosciutto, and cheese like gruyere and Manchego.
Other Notes
94, Blue Lifestyle; 93, Planet Grape