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2010 Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir 1.5L

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2010 Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir 1.5L
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Emerald Ridge Vineyard
0.62 g/L
Aged 12 months in French oak (55% new barrels)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The capricious 2010 vintage seemed to perfectly match our masochistic winemaker, perfectionist farmer, and this wonderfully expressive vineyard. Like the 2003s, a difficult vintage can produce our absolute favorite wines. The 2010 Emerald Ridge shows that combination of ebullient fruit, luscious structure, and intricate complexity that really gets us off on Pinot. In the nose, it teases with wild blueberry compote, blackberry, nutmeg and cardamom spice, then follows in the mouth with an enveloping richness of blackberry, blueberry and wild cherry fruit, and an endless finish of sour berry cobbler and Asian spices. The wonderful plush tannins, bright acidity and moderate alcohol enable this wine to be lush without being over the top. Its clarity and freshness support its richness, and will carry it for years to come.
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 twelve 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 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; for instance, 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. They are punched down between 1 and 4 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2011, then sent back to barrel until bottling in August of that year. For Emerald Ridge, we’ve chosen Alain Foquet barrels as the signature for their soft richness and toffee overtones. The depth of this wine beautifully integrates the sweetness of Alain’s barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
Try this wine with almost any wonderful food, or just by itself–it’s exciting without being egotistical, a trait we can all admire.