Hendry Ranch Wines
2010 Napa Valley Pinot Noir
California: Napa Valley
Return of the King
Fans of Hendry Ranch Wines - rejoice! Hendry has continually wowed us with their amazing wines, especially their 2006 Red Blend. Well, dear Operatives, today’s Hendry Ranch Wines 2010 Napa Valley Pinot Noir might be even better.
Today’s wine shows an impeccable balance of earth and fruit, with the hints of terroir really shining through. It also has an understated elegance that many members of our tasting panel couldn’t get enough of - especially our Agent Red.
Hendry fans, today’s the day to get your hands on yet another amazing example of their amazing wines. We have a feeling, however, that you’d better act fast. Chances are today’s won’t last long…
Nearly perfectly even crimson throughout the glass, with the slightest ruby haze around the edge.
Lovely aromatics of freshly baked cherry pie and wild strawberry are joined by dried fallen leaves, warm baking spices, saddle leather, and a touch of black peppercorn.
A delicious flavor profile, with terroir elements through and through. Wild strawberry, bing cherry, and red currant are framed by sweet tobacco leaf, mushroomy earth, clove, anise, slight coffee bean, and black peppercorn.
A smooth and supple finish, highlighted by an understated elegance that shines through. Fruit, earth, and spice join together for one complete, and tasty, drinking experience.
Grilled lamb, mushroom, bell pepper, and sweet onion skewers cooked on the grill.
What the Winery Says
Our Pinot Noir Blocks 4A, 4B, 5 and 25 are located along Redwood Creek, west of the town of Napa. The elevation is between 200 and 220 feet above sea level. The soil is thin loam on a solid rock base. The climate is moderated by morning fog, and the surrounding hills protect these blocks from the afternoon maritime breeze. The St. George roots were grafted with the Dijon 115 clone, a Joseph Swan field selection and UCD Clone 12. The vines were planted between 1993 and 1998, cordon trained and spur pruned. A six-foot, modified vertical trellis system supports the cordons and canopy. Average production is approximately 2 tons per acre and harvest is usually between August 25 and September 1.
Brown sugar and caramel on the nose. Complex aromas include bright red fruit, leather and spice. Soft, silky palate, with tangy red fruit, spice and leather. Fine-grained tannins. Long, long finish.
- George Hendry
- Napa Valley
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 11 months in 100% French oak
About the Winery
Hendry Ranch is a small estate winery located in the south-western Napa valley. There has been vineyard on this property for more than 140 years, and we have been farming here for nearly half that time. The lessons learned in more than 75 harvests provide us with a high level of knowledge and a unique connection to the land. As our knowledge grows, our vineyard blocks evolve, and we get closer to understanding the full potential of our vineyard.
Winemaker George Hendry
With his parents and brother, George moved to Napa in 1939 at the age of two. He grew up on the ranch and learned to tend the goats, the cows, the prune orchard and the grapevines. He completed his undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in 1959 and after two years in the navy, completed a masters degree in 1963. Following graduation, George began working for a company called the Cyclotron Corporation.
Over the next 40 years, at various companies including his own, George distinguished himself as a cyclotron designer. Many of his designs and innovations are in use in cyclotrons and hospitals around the world.
George has lived on the ranch and tended its grapevines his entire life. Whether growing grapes, making Hendry wines, or designing cyclotrons, George applies the same tenacity and ability to apply fundamental concepts. His detailed approach to wine growing has earned him a reputation, and is reflected in our vineyard and our wine.
The Hendry Ranch is composed of 203 acres of land in the foothills of the Mayacamas mountains, north-west of the city of Napa. We are one mile from the Carneros growing region to the south, and adjacent to the Mount Veeder appellation, just within the western border of the Oak Knoll viticultural area. Our vineyard represents a transitional climate zone between the southern regions of the Napa Valley which are closer to the cooling influences of the San Francisco bay, and the northern areas, which are farther from the bay and less influenced by its frigid waters.
Our 117 acres of vineyard sit on gently sloping terrain between 160 and 200 feet in elevation. Thin stony soils and a moderate climate allow the production of a wide range of varietals. Most of this property has belonged to the Hendry family since 1939.
At Hendry, we stress the importance of the vineyard, and we devote much of our time to understanding its variation on small scales. Combinations of soil, climate, varietal and clone are critical, and for this reason, we have divided our vineyard into 50 different blocks, each managed separately. To us, every block is a learning experience that teaches us about interactions among these variables, and how they influence fruit composition and wine quality. Small changes in any of them can have dramatic effects on the wine.
The vineyard is divided into 49 different blocks. Each represents a unique combination of soil type, vine vigor, microclimate, rootstock, clone and varietal. The nature of our soils and our location in the valley allow for the production of 11 different varietals, and more than a dozen wines.
Many of our wines are block designated, whether sourced from a single block, or combinations of blocks with complementary characteristics. The vineyard is constantly evolving, with vines ranging from newly planted rootstock to more than 40 years old.