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2010 Fox Den Pinot Noir 1.5L

Green Valley of Russian River Valley

2010 Fox Den Pinot Noir 1.5L
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Fox Den Vineyard
0.57 g/L
Aged 17 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromatically, the 2010 Fox Den retains its distinctive raspberry core, but also layers deeper black cherry fruit and wonderful violet and toffee candy overtones. In the mouth, its striking signature is amazingly soft but substantial tannins which carry deep back cherry and raspberry fruit, along with elements of nutmeg, coriander and black licorice across the palate. Though enticingly soft and lush, the wine’s bright acidity and moderate alcohol drive the lingering fresh fruit and floral finish and leave you wanting more.
Vineyard Notes
Fox Den Vineyard is perched on top of Stoetz Ridge, at the western border of Green Valley and just above the town of Occidental. The Goldridge sandy loam soil here is extremely sandy since this ridge is old pushed-up sea bottom, which makes for low vigor vines, slow ripening, and beautifully floral and fruit driven wine. Here on the hill, it’s frequently a touch warmer than the bottom of the valley, but it’s still always among the last harvested and highest in natural acidity of our pinots. Dan and Steve planted the spot together in 2002, and Dan has been crafting the wine since 2004. The eight acres is split into three clones: 667 for vivid fruit, 777 for chewy tannins and 115 for brightness and floral aromatics. For the vineyard designated wine, the exact blend between them will vary each year, but the result is always a wine with sweet, lush cherry/strawberry fruit and great natural acidity. This beautiful site is the home of Ed and Sue Smith, old friends who now lovingly oversee their 8 acres of beautifully farmed fruit.
Winemaker Notes
At Dutton-Goldfield our pinot is hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is the cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. The three blocks at Fox Den were fermented separately to optimize what we most love about each, then barreled individually until we worked out the exact vineyard blend in March 2010. About half the wine that came off the vineyard made the final DV blend; most of the 667, then a bit each of the 115 and 777. One of the beauties of blending in the spring is the joy of honing barrel choices. For this wine, we love the floral notes of Remond Trancais barrels which really highlight its beautiful raspberry fruit. And, of course, we always use a bit of Taransaud which supports the underlying weight of the wine. The wine was bottled in February of 2012 after spending 17 months in oak.
Food Pairing Notes
A creamy rabbit pâté would make an excellent foil to the perky red fruit, as would pepper-crusted pork tenderloin or grilled arctic char.