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2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard

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2005 Rivers-Marie Occidental Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir- 140 cases produced, 67% new French oak, 14.2% alc. This is a little bit of a departure for us. Grown on the east side of Occidental and planted to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, our first ORV Pinot has a more black fruited core when compared to our previous wines. The aromas are darker as well: blackberries, cola, sassafras, forest floor. The wine has more purple hues compared to the Summa's red/black center. Before you begin thinking we've changed our style, the most intriguing thing about this wine might be its acid profile. The '05 Occidental Ridge is the lowest pH wine we made from the vintage (even lower than the Summa Old Vines) clocking in around 3.6. All the coastal brashness is there along with a good dollop of tannin and acidity to carry the finish. We are very pleased to have added Darla and Richard Radcliffe's Occidental Ridge Vineyard to the fold and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.