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Jul 31, 2010 08:56 AM

Fort Ross Pinot Noir

I am not a wine connoisseur by any means but I just wanted to mention that I really fell in love with this wine. Does anyone have any thoughts on it?

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  1. they've been around for a few years now; which one did you have? they also do a pinotage. the wines are or have been readily available around San DIego.

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    1. re: ibstatguy

      i think it was the 06 - where in sd>

      1. re: kare_raisu

        check first with Dennis at 3rd Corner OB

        1. re: kare_raisu

          it is available by the glass and bottle at Sessions Public if you are so inclined...

      2. Fort Ross's vineyards are in what has come to be called the "true Sonoma Coast", a short distance from the ocean and about 1600 feet in elevation. It's one of the coolest microclimates in the state, allowing grapes to develop nuanced aromas that you don't get in warmer places. The wines have been described as Burgundian, a little thinner in body but complex and intriguing. The website has photos of the location.

        Nice people, too.

        1. Ed Kurtzman took over as their winemaker with the 2003 vintage and he's a highly regarded winemaker. The guy he replaced was no schlub either, but I forget his name.
          The location is one of the better ones for California pinot noir.

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          1. re: SteveTimko

            Check out Ed's August West wine lineup as well. Great solid pinot for the money! -mJ

            1. re: SteveTimko

              It appears that Jeff Pisoni is their new winemaker. Does that mean he'll be growing his hair long and driving madly around these vineyards in a jeep? :o)) He should know how to make some really great wine though.


              1. re: SteveTimko

                Fred Scherrer had a turn as consulting winemaker there.

                Jeff Pisoni will do a great job too.

              2. I really like it--they have several bottlings with different Pinot clones and blends of clones. I tend to find their prices on the high end and lean toward other wines at around $45 per bottle, but I also freely admit I haven't had a bottle over the course of a meal to give it due consideration.

                1. k r - Ft Ross is available at the moment at 3rd Corner in OB