Healdsburg Ranches Winery
2011 Appellation Series Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Pinot Noir •Floodgate Vineyard
California: Russian River Valley
We are thrilled, today, to bring you another fantastic wine for our latest Buy One - Get One event! Today’s delicious and affordable Pinot Noir is made even more palatable with today’s BOGO offering. For every bottle that you purchase at $24.99, you can buy another one at just $0.07.
A bright, lively, approachable Pinot Noir, today’s Healdsburg Ranches 2011 Appellation Series Russian River Pinot Noir delivers a very full drinking experience. Delicious, elegant and very food friendly, this Pinot Noir can be enjoyed all on its own, or with a wide variety of foods.
Impressive, especially at the wine’s regular price, this offering is an incredible value at today’s Buy One - Get One price. This Pinot Noir is silky and very smooth, with flavors that cover the entire palate, leaving no corner of the mouth untouched by the wine’s delicious flavors.
If you love great Pinot Noir, and you crave a great deal, this wine will surely satisfy!
A dark ruby core fades to fine pink edges. After swirling, the wine settles quickly in the glass.
Dark and brooding with dried cherry, dried cranberry, dried leather, raisin, dried dark rose petal, and young alpine strawberry.
Silky and juicy, with broad flavors of Bing cherry, pomegranate, dried unsweetened strawberry, bittersweet baker’s chocolate, and a hint of tobacco leaf.
Very broad, with flavors that coat the palate. Bold tannin drives flavors to the far corners of the mouth and a very gradual dryness settles in.
Easy to pair, we’d recommend this wine with a pork tenderloin drizzled with a red wine sauce with currants.
What the Winery Says
Sourced from the Floodgate vineyard, located on low lying land not far from the heart of Russian River Valley, this location offers a combination of sunlight and fog that is ideal for slow ripening and preservation of the fruit’s natural acidity. The resulting grapes deliver a wonderful balance between aromatics and flavors.
Soils in this vineyard are a combination of Glen Ellen and Wilson Grove Formations. The former is composed of river gravels while the latter is mainly uplifted sea floor. Both soil types drain well and provide a wonderful growing platform. This is nearly ideal pinot noir territory, and the resulting character of the wine is evident.
The fruit was brought to the winery, where it was sorted, destemmed, and gently augured into small open-top fermenters. The fruit underwent a long, slow fermentation and when entirely dry, was transferred to a basket press for a gentle pressing. The combination of free-run juice and press wine was then transferred to French oak barrels for aging. The wine was racked only once off the gross lees before a final racking for blending and bottling.
Quintessential pinot noir flavors of dark berries, cherry and rhubarb combine on the palate with the spicy flavors of vanilla. The nose indicates that the wine will be full of fruit but the palate shows the savory elements of pinot noir. Indeed, a classic Russian River Valley pinot noir, with a silky smooth finish eminently enjoyable throughout.
- Russian River Valley
- Pinot Noir
- French Oak
- October 2012
About the Winery
The North Coast of California, that area to the west of the Mayacamas Mountains and north of San Francisco, is a patchwork of microclimates suitable for nearly any agricultural pursuit. Over the years, the land has been inhabited by a variety of ranchers and farmers, raising all sorts of livestock and growing everything from stone fruits and grapes to greens and root vegetables. In the early days of the California wine industry, Healdsburg was the center of the North Coast, a small farm town where the ranchers and farmers would come to get the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to maintain their ranches as well as themselves. It was here that they would also buy the local wines, varietally labeled, reasonably priced, and damn good.
Over the years, the wine industry has grown remarkably throughout the North Coast, and Healdsburg as well as much of its surroundings have gentrified. But those of us who remember the not-so-old days still recall those local wines, lacking pretense and flash, but possessing a quality that is rare even today. Maybe it was the lack of traffic and hubbub, or perhaps the company, or the view, or the event, but more than likely it was the fact that every time you tasted one of those wines you felt that you had grossly underpaid for it. The wines of Healdsburg Ranches are an homage to these wines. Produced only a handful of decades ago, from vineyards all over the North Coast, they were continually present while we were discovering and learning about the wine business in California, and we remember them well.
Today, our wines are produced from great vineyard sources using time-honored techniques (with a little modern technology thrown in), and our hope is that you will taste in them what we tasted back then. Wines true to their variety and place of origin, balanced, smooth, easy to drink, and hard to forget. We hope you enjoy them. In fact, we encourage you to tell us about your experiences learning about wine and the wine business, and how our wines fit in. After all, wine is about food, it’s about people…you can’t separate them: they go together. We look forward to reliving our experiences as we hear about yours.
Note: This wine brand is part of the Truett-Hurst, Inc. (THI) family of wines. THI owns a partial, non-controlling interest in The Wine Spies. When evaluating a wine, The Wine Spies place “Quality” above any other consideration. When we showcase a THI wine, it is because we love it. Agent Red has the final say on which wines we feature.