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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerFort Ross (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationSea Slopes
VineyardFort Ross Vineyard
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
UPC Code(s)898395001050

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 19 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/6/2013 & rated 88 points: Quite soft and light. Nothing too awry, but not so expressive either. (975 views)
 Tasted by budh on 9/20/2012 & rated 85 points: Cherry, dark berry, vanilla, hint of menthol. Color is fading and probably the fruit. Finish is a bit acidic. Surprising tannin level for a PN. Probably helped it last this long, though. OK, not quite good... (1101 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 2/15/2012 & rated 86 points: Dark garnet color with black cherry, spice and oak aromas. On the palate, medium-bodied with good acidity, and soft, but noticeable tannins. Initially tight, but opened up with some air. Medium finish. (1563 views)
 Tasted by YellowDogWineBar on 10/16/2011 & rated 89 points: Aromas of figs, black cherries, quince, German chocolate cake, marzipan. On the palate, ripe black cherries and root vegetables dominate initially. Chocolate and figs come through on the mid palate and it finishes nicely with more subtle dark fruit flavors. Medium body, lively acidity and soft tannins. (1874 views)
 Tasted by Wine-Strategies on 10/7/2011: PnP tasted side by side with the '09 Sea Slopes - the later being the better wine, by far. This '06 will need some time in the bottle, but still, it's reductive nature will likely get the better of it through the years. If opening now, be sure to decant at least 2 hours. Drink thru 2015, score: B-/B, with possible (slight) upside noted. A solid mid-week quaffer that certainly works with food as all the FR wines do. (2012 views)
 Tasted by mranderson on 4/22/2011 & rated 84 points: not much fruit on the nose..a little oak. Bit of a Medicine finish. A bit disappointed. (1376 views)
 Tasted by scottpwine on 3/6/2011 & rated 87 points: nice nose. (1376 views)
 Tasted by dboatguy on 12/3/2010 & rated 85 points: Okay pinot good qpr not bad ok medium finish. (1462 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 6/14/2010: off bottle (1620 views)
 Tasted by ehovey on 11/6/2009 & rated 88 points: Good value. (1768 views)
 Tasted by louis1ma on 9/30/2009 & rated 81 points: This was an average wine. Not much too it. The finish was medium in length but somewhat dull. The fruit was mixed with earth and mineral. Was pleasant but didn't hold up to food (salmon) Their Pinotage is great so maybe my expectations were too high. (1814 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 8/3/2009 & rated 87 points: nice balance, classic sonoma pinot with lots of baking spice, I appreciate this restrained style. (1911 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 7/16/2009 & rated 88 points: This was the second wine opened with dinner on 7/16/09 (At my sisters house). It had blackberry, cherry, raspberry and musky smoke aromas. The palate was a little rough and disjointed with blackberry, raspberry and spice flavors. It was OK, but nothing to get excited about. (1510 views)
 Tasted by Hazeo on 4/18/2009 & rated 85 points: By the glass at Kensington Grill. Light ruby, light bodied. Simple, a little disjoint but decent. (1943 views)
 Tasted by tanglenet on 3/23/2009: Purchased as a glass at the Wood Tavern with dinner (pork and veal rigatoni - a little too salty but tasty nonetheless). Sharp dark cherry fruit, narrow in width and breadth, somewhat thin in the middle with a short finish. Reminded me of a French table wine that is adequate with food but you would never go out to buy. Fair. (1980 views)

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Fort Ross

Producer website

Fort Ross wines are produced by Linda and Lester Schwartz. From their South African backgrounds in geology and farming (Lester), music and teaching (Linda) the two came to the US around 1976. In 1988, they purchased the land on which Fort Ross Vineyards are located, high above the Pacific on the ridges of the Sonoma Coast. Meticulous laying-out of the vineyards according to the prevailing winds and terrain produced a crazy-quilt of vineyards on the steep hills. One of the grapes that the the Schwartz's planted was pinotage, a rare visitor to Calfornia but an important grape in their native South Africa. Today they are producing some of the finest pinot noirs and chardonnays available, and both grape varieties are well-suited to the Sonoma Coast soil and climate.

2006 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Sea Slopes Fort Ross Vineyard

From the winery's tasting notes:
Intricate aromas of red currants and bright cherry are perfectly complemented by hints of cola, earth and exotic spices. Layers of wild strawberry, red raspberry, and black tea chime in with finesse. Silky tannins lead to the soft, velvety finish of this 2006 Pinot Noir Reserve.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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