2006 Fort Ross "Sea Slopes-Reserve" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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With its vivid garnet hue and more elegant, delicate style than previous vintages, this Pinot Noir Cuvée reflects the long, even, cool 2006 growing season. Pinot Noir "Sea Slopes" is only produced in rare select vintages when there is a more bountiful harvest that gives us the opportunity to make an additional distinctive Pinot Noir: Intricate aromas of red currants, and bright cherry are perfectly complemented by hints of cola, earth and exotic spices. The aromatic characteristics are repeated on the palate with layers of wild strawberry, red raspberry and black tea chiming in with finesse. The signature minerality consistent in all Fort Ross wines seamlessly leads you through the restrained yet silky, tannins to the soft, velvety finish of this 2006 Pinot Noir.

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2011 | Send Email
Integrated, bottle aged, serious Pinot Noir from California for less than 20 dollars? That is usually quite hard to run across, but the Fort Ross delivers that in spades. A touch of well integrated spice from the oak, bright cherry fruit, balanced acidity, this is a complete wine.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2011 | Send Email
Ten years ago we could always be assured of having a good selection of California Pinot Noir in the $20 range. Over the past decade, however, the price of Pinot Noir grapes has doubled and doubled again. Many of the wines we once paid less than $20 for now sell for $30 or more. So, we always feel particularly excited when we discover a wine like the 2006 Fort Ross "Sea Slopes-Reserve" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Make no mistake. This is a serious wine for a mere $19.99. The long, cool growing season in 2006 produced classic wines of great character. With a couple extra years of bottle age this wine is perfectly ready to drink now. Showing notes of bright red cherry, cola and spice, it is wonderfully concentrated and rich in texture, with remarkable persistence and length. Enjoy with grilled salmon, roast pork or chicken.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2011 | Send Email
Many of you who buy domestic Pinot Noir from us on a regular basis may remember fondly the 2007 Fort Ross Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir we sold during the last half of 2010. It was an exceptional value and delicious wine for a paltry $30. Fast forward to 2011, Fort Ross presented us with another tremendous value, possibly even better than the great 2007. The 2006 Fort Ross "Sea Slopes-Reserve" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($19.99) was all slated to become the yearly "Reserve" bottling for the winery, which typically retails for approximately $45, but the winery declassified the entirety of the wine into this bottling. Moral of the story is that we all win! This darkly fruited, deeply set Pinot speaks volumes about the cool climate of the vineyards at Fort Ross, which is only a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Aromas of hedgehog mushroom, black currant and fresh lavender are at once serious yet inviting on the expressive nose. Intensely rich flavors of sous bois, blueberry, sandalwood and cola set on a nearly weightless palate are sure to please almost all Pinot fans. Rate that along with the price tag that comes attached to this wine and you have a first-rate Domestic Pinot Noir.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1