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Fort Ross 2012 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Fort Ross 2012 Sea Slopes Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard Sonoma Coast

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This expressive ruby hued Pinot Noir has black cherry and wild berry aromas that are elegantly balanced by cedar notes. Generous black raspberry and mulberry with hints of baking spices evolve on the palate finishing with silky tannins that express the coastal terroir.


WE 93 CG 91 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - Pleasantly pungent in ripe damson plum, this Pinot has lovely acidity, giving it a spicy mouthfeel around firmly present tannins. Full-bodied midpalate, the wine mellows through to the finish, ending in juicy fruit and earth.

According to Connoisseurs Guide - Well-defined, ripe-cherry fruit is met in the nose by a nice dollop of sweet oak and hints of stony soil spice, and the same is true of the like-minded flavors that follow, but in both cases, the wine holds back just a bit owing to its very obvious youth, and it winds up for now on the firmer side of the varietal spectrum. That, however, is certain to change over time, and we are eager to see what awaits once it has had a chance to soften and smooth.

According to Robert Parker - The 2012 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes Fort Ross Vineyard comes from multiple clones, including Calera, Pommard, Swan and Dijon clones 115 and 777. Again, little new oak was used, about 4%, and the wine was aged ten months in neutral French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is a relatively large cuvée of 2,038 cases. A lot of cranberry, pomegranate and the red fruit spectrum of Pinot Noir aromas and flavors are present in this medium-bodied, crisp, very Burgundian and cool-climate Pinot. The wine shows excellent texture and a good, long finish. It’s still youthful and may put on more weight. It’s not by any means a big wine. Drink now-2020.

According to Wine Spectator - Well done in a rich, graceful style, with a supple texture underneath the raspberry, strawberry, blueberry and spice flavors. Ends with ripe, fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2021. 13.8% ABV.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Varietal/TypePinot Noir
BrandFort Ross Vineyard
Size750 ML Standard
Rating93 Points, 91 Points, 89 Points, 88 Points
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