Healdsburg Ranches Winery
2010 Russian River Valley Appellation Series Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Floodgate Vineyard
California: Russian River Valley
Today’s Healdsburg Ranches Winery 2010 Russian River Valley Appellation Series Pinot Noir can be our delicious little 90 Point secret. Priced at a wallet-friendly $18.99, today’s Pinot drinks like a much more expensive bottle of wine.
We love winemaker Virginia “Ginny” Lambrix and always look forward to tasting her wines. This Pinot cleared even our heightened expectations by a mile. Incredibly elegant and refined, this wine is everything you could want in a Pinot Noir.
If you’re looking for a wine to impress your next dinner party, we heartily recommend today’s wine.
Deep scarlet at the center of the glass, transitioning to a slightly rustic red rim.
Aromas of raspberry and boysenberry greet you initially and are quickly trailed by coffee bean, tobacco leaf, freshly fallen leaves, green peppercorn, a touch of toasted oak, and hints of subtle dark baking spices.
Elegant and subdued flavors of sweet plum, black cherry, and raspberry mingle with earthy mushroom, saddle leather, sandalwood, black peppercorn, dark spice, and a note of herbal black tea.
Long and lingering, with juicy dark fruit notes slowly fading and leaving a hint of subtle spice on the tip of the tongue.
Garlic and rosemary rubbed roast chicken.
What the Winery Says
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.
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 fruits 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.
90 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast A lovely Pinot Noir, bone dry and crisp, perfect for pairing with a huge array of foods. It has subtle flavors of cherries, tobacco and white pepper.
- Virginia Marie Lambrix
- 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Floodgate Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Aged in French oak
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.