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2009 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir

2009 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir
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Farmed by Ted Klopp and his daughter Lauren Klopp William, this vineyard is located high in the Sebastopol Hills, in an area which had previously been designated Sonoma Coast, but is now part of the expanded Russian River Valley appellation. The character of the fruit is neither typical Russian River nor typical Sonoma Coast. The deep dark berry profile is the result of the steep east facing aspect high above the fog line and the goldridge soils. The clones are Pommard, Swan, and 777 and are from the upper and lower parts of the ranch.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation
Thorn Ridge Ranch
Harvest Date
September 2009
19 months French Oak
Bottling Date
April 4, 2011
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby Aroma: Blackberry, black cherry, smoky dried herbs, exotic spices Flavor: This is a luscious wine with ripe blackberry and cherry flavors. Secondary fruit components include black raspberries, an almost saline/sea breeze hint along with California bay leaves. The wine has a rich, round mid-palate with balanced tannins. The finish is velvety and long, with a beautiful earthiness redolent with black tea and dried rose petals. This wine should continue to improve with careful cellaring until at least 2017.
Production Notes
The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 4 days in open-top 5-ton stainless steel tanks. A spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast occurred. The wine was pressed off when dry and aged in a combination of new, one year and two year old French barrels: about 25% was new. A native malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wines were filtered by crossflow and bottled under screwcap on April 4, 2011.
Food Pairing Notes
Our family's favorite pairings are braised shortribs or Moroccan-inspired lamb shanks. Our recipes are available by clicking the recipes link to the left.
Product Reviews
John Haeger's Gravatar
John Haeger
(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM)
2009 Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir. Medium black-red, considerably darker than the OGV; aromas of licorice, bramble and forest floor; rich, flavorful and muscular on the palate but not primarily fruity; Gevrey-like; savory, with sarsaparilla, some hints of mocha and brown spice on the back palate. In this vintage the Thorn Ridge wine is almost the polar opposite of the estate-grown OGV: warmer, bigger-framed and more robust.

Harold Baer, Harold Baer Wine's Gravatar
Harold Baer, Harold Baer Wine
(Jan 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM)
The 2009 Pinot Noir, Thorn Ridge Ranch, Russian River Valley, 14.5% alc., 150 cases, spent nineteen months in French oak. Nicely ripe aromas of earth, smoke, raspberry, black cherry, blackberry, and a touch of spice repeat as flavors with the additions of light pepper at the sides, fine tannin, and nice acidity. Everything carries through the broad, medium-long finish. Well balanced, structured, and integrated. Good.

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