2009 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir SKU #1115372

Price: $39.99

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K&L Notes

From Fort Ross' mountaintop winery on the extreme Sonoma Coast, the 2009 was an excellent vintage with intense flavors and excellent structure. From winemaker Jeff Pisoni: "The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in 5 gallon buckets. After hand sorting, the fruit was cold soaked for several days and fermented in a combination of 5 and 10 ton tanks. The caps were punched down 1 or 2 times per day, depending on the stage of the fermentation. The wines were then barreled in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French oak. Throughout the 10 months of barrel aging, the clones and different vineyard blocks were kept separate to maintain their distinct flavor profiles and structural components as blending elements. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered."

Staff Reviews

  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This deep colored, powerhouse Pinot Noir is going to be a big hit with K&L's California wine loving customers. It has aromas of bacon and even a bit of catnip like barrel spice backed up by a quite full bodied texture. The Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot leans to the black cherry side of this varietal, but comes together with a savory, long finish.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Fortunately. because of its elevation and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the ultra-velvety fruit invested in this copious, fleshy wine wasn't adversely affected by the severe, damaging frosts that ran riot over vineyards planted in lower-lying regions. Exuding a confiture-like intensity of bold blackberry pie flavors and deep, savory spice enhanced by nine months in 35% new French oak, this full-bodied, polished Pinot is a superbly satisfying achievement from an excellent estate.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine leans to the dark side, with bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and dry herbs around a core of black cherry fruit. The palate adds a saline, savory edge that seems to want to veer in an almost meaty direction without ever arriving there. I like the restraint of the finish; this is a nicely balanced, proportionate, nuanced domestic Pinot Noir.
  • Patrick Cu
    By: Patrick Cu
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2009 Fort Ross Sonoma Pinot Noir has inviting aromas of cherry and pleasantly perfumed violets. On the palate are well concentrated fruit notes that are persistent throughout. The texture is super soft. It ends with a slight spice that lingers nicely. Worth every penny. It is a joy to drink.


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