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2006 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir

2006 Thorn Ridge Ranch Pinot Noir
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Although our label reads Thorn Road, this 2006 wine is made from the Klopp family’s Thorn Ridge Ranch. Prior to bottling there were unresolved trademark issues surrounding the name, so we went with Thorn Road. These have now been resolved and once again we will be able to refer to this lovely vineyard by its proper name. Farmed by Ted Klopp with sustainable practices, it 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, 667 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
11 months sur lies aging in French Oak
Alcohol %
Stephen Tanzer's
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"Tangy sour cherry, baked blueberries, fresh blackberries, savory roasted meat, sage and black tea. Nice tannins, to match the pretty fruit and high acid. Should age very well. Long tasty finish. "
Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 92 pts
Winemaker Notes
"The fruit was destemmed and fermented in open-top 5-ton stainless steel tanks. Because of Botrytis, the wine was not cold soaked and the must was adjusted with acidulated water to reduce the effects of the Botrytis (which rasied the sugar in excess of 30 degrees BRIX in the fermenter) and ease the fermentation. The wine was pressed off when dry and aged in a combination of new, one year and two year old French barrels: about 50% was new. The wine was blended to tank in February 2007 and then returned barrel, to finish the 11 month elevage. The wines were kept on their lees, even after blending, and stirred weekly between October and February. The wines were filtered by crossflow and bottled on August 21, 2007."
Food Pairing Notes
Our favorite pairing with this Thorn are barbecued baby back ribs and slow cooked lamb shanks with north African spices. YUM! Click the recipes link for our versions of those dishes.
Other Notes
"Aroma: Blackberry, blueberry, black tea, bay, earth, dried mushroom and sandalwood. Color: Bright garnet, ruby core. "
Product Reviews
John W. Haeger's Gravatar
John W. Haeger
(Dec 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM)
2006 Thorn Road Ranch Pinot Noir (tasted in 2010): Very transparent medium garnet; savory nose with notes of bayberry, bay laurel and dark red fruit, plus a whiff of citrus peel; silky attack, then rich and earthy with a bit of black tea; a crescendo of grip builds over the length of the palate; minerality wins over fruit in the end, and the wine finishes slightly chalky. A very serious wine with the savory properties that often typify pinots from the Sebastopol Hills. Very fine.

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