2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
California: Russian River Valley
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Today’s 2010 Dionysus Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a truly delicious wine that delivers elegance and bright fruit, in a style that showcases the unique terrior of the Russian River Valley. Our entire tasting panel loved this approachable and delicious wine. Loaded with red fruit and floral flavors this sweetly aromatic wine is balanced and elegant, with this the right amount of complexity. all without taking itself too seriously.
Sweet fruits coupled with settle earthiness and a bright acidity, makes this wonderful wine and easy companion for most foods. We recommend pairing this wine with a grilled trout or roasted pork loin in a cherry reduction sauce
Light ruby red hues with perfect clarity and even coloration from the beautiful core of the wine out to the delicate pink edging. Skinny, slow forming, tightly-spaced legs be a rapid descent down the glass after swirling the wine.
Floral rose petal, sweet cedarwood, sweet cherry and wild strawberry sit atop a layer of dried herbs, sweet subtle mulch and a hint of sweet spice.
Big cherry, juicy blackberry and wild strawberry are out in front. Cranberry, dried rose petals, subtle spice and flint follow on.
Very long, flavorful and elegant with lingering red and black fruit that slowly usher in a gradually spreading dryness that is accompanied by rose petals, flint and a hint of exotic sweet spice.
What the Winery Says
As the Elysian Fields are to the Greek Gods of Olympus, so is the Russian River Valley to Sonoma County wines; particularly the Pinot Noir. We source fruit from 4 different blocks with 4 distinct clones: 777, 667, Pommard & 115. We fermented on 4 different batches allowing each lot to provide the unique blend; rich with complexities. Fresh red fruit and character distinguish this Russian River Pinot Noir from the same varietal of other appellations.
Fresh raspberry, blackberries, soft notes of dark chocolate layers of roasted nuts combine to make this wine unique.
ON THE PALATE
A balanced intensity of rich cherry, ripe raspberry envelops the mid palate. The intense flavors of dark chocolate slowly saturate the back palate. Soft tones of caramel are revealed in the long, caressing mouth filling finish.
Percentage New French Oak: 55 % Barrel Aging: 16 months
FINISHED WINE DETAILS
Alcohol: 13.3 PH: 3.69 TA: 6.4 g/L Bottling Date: March 7th 2012 - 395 cases
About the Winery
Born over a Christmas dinner discussion, Winemaker/ Oenologist Cecilia Valdivia and Businessman Mark Adams dreamed of producing a high quality wine that would become a legacy for their children. They adopted the name Dionysus, better known as the Greek God of Wine. As one of the 12 Olympians, Dionysus is not only a winemaker but the patron deity of agriculture and theatre. There could not be a better name to represent the wine that they craft.
Dionysus Winery is a boutique winery in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. We specialize in small lots of handmade wines. For the time being, we are limiting our varietals to a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and a Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We have a simple philosophy; wine making is an art and, rather than mass producing above average wines; we would rather strive for perfection.
Winemaker Cecilia Valdivia
Cecilia, known to her friends and family as Ceci, is one of the hardest working and best educated winemakers in the industry. The intensity of the harvest only improves on what most would already consider an “A” game. Her 2008 Dionysus Cabernet Sauvignon - Sonoma Valley won a silver medal in the 2011 Grand Harvest Award sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine.
Ceci was born in Mendoza-Argentina; the largest wine making area in Latin America. Even as a child, Ceci knew that she wanted to be a winemaker. After years of concentrated study at the University of Mendoza, Ceci obtained her Masters degree in Agricultural Engineering and Oenology. After college, she apprenticed at Trapiche; a winery in Mendoza famous for its Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. She gained further experience learning the intricate details of harvest at both Chandon and Pona Paula, a Chilean Winery in Mendoza.
After obtaining 3 years of experience in Argentina, 2003 brought Ceci to Sonoma County. Her desire was to increase her harvest experience by learning the processes from another famous wine region. Her first American harvest was spent with St. Francis winery as an intern. After seeing what she had to offer, she was hired as a production assistant.
Soon after, Ceci took a job with Pellegrini Winery as an oenologist. She worked there from 2006 to 2008. In August 2008, Ceci received a job offer with Deerfield Ranch winery as the associate winemaker. The rest is history. Ceci is not only a winemaker but an artisan of the finely crafted wines that are Dionysus.