Fort Ross Vineyards Fort Ross-Seaview "Sea Slope" Pinot Noir 2014
The unique American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Fort Ross-Seaview is located along the Pacific coastline at 1,800 feet in elevation just west of Sonoma. This is "coastal cool" with rugged and steep terrain just less than 1 mile away from the Pacific ocean. Winemaking begins in the vineyard. To produce truly outstanding wines farming practices must enhance the winemaking. All Fort Ross Vineyard wines are made exclusively with Estate-grown grapes from the Fort Ross Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. No grapes from other vineyards are brought in even if the yields are greatly lower than usual. There is a constant ﬂow of information between Winemaker, Jeff Pisoni, and Owners/Vineyard Managers, Lester and Linda Schwartz.
The name of the winery pays tribute to the historical Fort Ross established in 1812 by the Russian American Company. The first grapes in Northern California was planted at Fort Ross from Peruvian grape cuttings in 1817.
The "Sea Slope" Pinot Noir is the lighter, more delicate, feminine style produced from 100% Pinot Noir all from the estate. All grapes are delicately hand-sorted and destemmed. Fermented with native yeast. Aged in 30% new barrel and 40% neutral barrels. Each field, selections, clones and blocks are kept separate to main their distinct flavor profile. Prior to bottling, blending trails determine which lots will go into each final blend. All of the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
90 points Robert Parker
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes gets its name from overlooking the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet. The wine spent nine months in 10% new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine offers loads of Chinese black tea, pomegranate, floral notes and a hint of raspberry in a medium-bodied, fresh, lively, Côte de Beaune style. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. Drink: 2016-2023" Robert Parker
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