2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Willow Creek Vineyard
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Newsletter notes: 2006 Rivers-Marie Willow Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - 94 cases, 14.1% alcohol, 50% new French oak. This small 2 acre vineyard is planted entirely to Dijon clone 777. After two years of removing all the fruit from the vines to allow for some maturity, it was a relief to see the 1.5 tons per acre we received in 2006. The character of the wine lies somewhere in between Summa and Occidental Ridge. The nose begins shyly, opening to a very floral, citrusy quality with air. The middle is very sappy and sweet with elements of spearmint gum, dusty cherry, tobacco and orange peel. We believe this is a very promising start for a vineyard located in one of the best areas in Occidental.