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2019 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2019 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 12, 20 & 24, 2019
6.3 gm/Lit.
Aged 16 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Bottling Date
March 2021
Alcohol %
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Tasting Notes
The even 2019 season gave us nicely ripened stems in our Green Valley grapes, so it seemed like a perfect year to amp up the stem inclusion in our Emerald Ridge Pinot—great news for all you whole cluster fans out there! This extra woodsy-ness is apparent in the leading aromas of cedar and redwood, and the savory spice quality that frames the brooding berry core of fruit. In the mouth, juicy bramble berries and blueberries are wrapped in elegant, fine-grained tannins. The sleek texture and mountain fruit are backed by lively acidity, while baking spices complete the lengthy finish.
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.
Winemaker 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 mitigating 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 2020, then sent back to barrel until its bottling in March of 2021. 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
Play up the sweet and savory nature of the wine with similar pairings, such as brown sugar and paprika rubbed salmon, butternut squash and mushroom risotto, and roast chicken, and cheeses like Cypress Grove’s Bermuda Triangle.
Other Notes
94, Owen Bargreen, 92, Planet Grape; 9-9.5, Vinography; 93, International Wine Review; 90,; 92.5, Ken's Wine Guide; 91, Jeb Dunnuck