Mission Codename Flood of Flavor
Today’s Joseph Jewell Wines 2011 Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir* hails from one of the most well-known and most successful of Pinot Noir vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The Floodgate Vineyard has enjoyed a long and prestigious history, with Gary Farrell, Alysian, Cartograph Wines and others sourcing Pinot Noir there. Today’s wine was made from select blocks of hillside vines where exposure to sun and the elements is optimal.
Joseph Jewell chooses the long and careful pathway from vineyard to your table. This elegant wine gets its fine ruby color from an extended 5 day cold soak. The ruby juice then moves on to rest in the finest French oak barrels - until the wine is ready to go to bottle. From there, it rests until it is ready to release to you. This wine is classic Russian River, with lovely fruit that is balanced against elegant elements of spice and earthiness. Fruits really come alive as you spin the wine in your glass. Please decant or swirl this wonderful wine for best results.
Please enjoy our boldest recommendation for today’s delicious wine.
What the Winery Says
2011 Floodgate Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
- Micah Joseph Wirth
- Adrian Jewell Manspeaker
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- 90 Points - PinotFile
- Russian River Valley
- Floodgate Vineyard
- Clonal Selection
- Floodgate Vineyard Clones 777 & 667
- 10 months
- 33% new French oak
- 195 Cases