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Fort Ross Pinot Noir

kare_raisu Jul 31, 2010 08:56 AM

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. ibstatguy RE: kare_raisu Jul 31, 2010 04:13 PM

    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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      kare_raisu RE: ibstatguy Jul 31, 2010 09:25 PM

      i think it was the 06 - where in sd>

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        ibstatguy RE: kare_raisu Aug 2, 2010 07:23 PM

        check first with Dennis at 3rd Corner OB

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          ibstatguy RE: kare_raisu Aug 4, 2010 03:38 PM

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

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            kare_raisu RE: ibstatguy Aug 4, 2010 06:21 PM

            Great!! thanks for this :)

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        ernie in berkeley RE: kare_raisu Aug 1, 2010 10:57 AM

        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. SteveTimko RE: kare_raisu Aug 1, 2010 07:29 PM

          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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            njfoodies RE: SteveTimko Aug 5, 2010 06:20 AM

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

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              Midlife RE: SteveTimko Aug 8, 2010 09:12 AM

              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.


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                Melanie Wong RE: SteveTimko Aug 12, 2010 01:39 PM

                Fred Scherrer had a turn as consulting winemaker there.

                Jeff Pisoni will do a great job too.

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                SteveG RE: kare_raisu Aug 4, 2010 03:17 PM

                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. ibstatguy RE: kare_raisu Aug 13, 2010 08:54 PM

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

                  1. kaysyrahsyrah RE: kare_raisu Aug 16, 2010 12:33 PM

                    There's a lot to fall in love with in Ft Ross. Great value for money.

                    If you like it, you should try other wines in the Sonoma Coast region. Including Alcina.

                    And this bargain at K&L that tastes like Ft Ross for $13 a bottle: Sean Minor 4 Bears Carneros.

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