2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
“Aromas of ripe red fruits, lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and earth. Flavors of dark cherry, raspberry, plum, mineral, allspice, and fine French oak; tangy acidity; and a long dry finish.” - 94 Points - Christopher Sawyer, Sommelier and Wine Critic
Sourced from three of the most prestigious Russian River Valley vineyards (Rochioli, Floodgate, Hallberg), Alysian’s 2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection is a fabulous expression of classic RRV style. 2011 was considered a challenging year, but there were successes, especially in the more aromatic, tension-based character of Pinot Noir. And with Gary Farrell at the wheel - and with this caliber of fruit, the finest French oak, and 20+ years of RRV winemaking experience - there are no vintage letdowns. This is very high quality Pinot Noir for both neophyte and collector. Intensely aromatic, structured, and spicy.
Beautiful now, great for another 8-12 years, easily.
Garnet with a clear rim.
Wonderfully fragrant Pinot Noir nose! Red fruits, cinnamon, clove, black tea, forest floor, and top-notch French oak.
Unmistakable in taste - this is classic RRV Pinot Noir made by a master! Delicious and deceptively complex.
Smooth, yes, but with a youthful acidity that speaks to its foggy RRV origins. Unlike the 14.5%+ alc. crowd of Pinot Noirs that tend to finish more Zin-like, there’s a real sense of elegance here that, over time, will carry this wine far beyond more fruit-forward wines. And this will age well for 10 years or more.
Wild mushroom risotto, grilled salmon, pomegranate chicken, roasted pork with fresh herbs, and Mongolian beef.
What the Winery Says
- Grape Varietal
- Pinot Noir
- Vineyard Sources
- Floodgate, Rochioli, Hallberg vineyards
- Russian River Valley
- Gary Farrell & Angel Correa (current winemaker, and Farrell understudy of 20+ years)
- Alcohol Content