2009 Sequana Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1075236 Connoisseurs Guide

 Redolent of black cherries and plums in the nose but bothered at first by a vague earthy note, this nicely filled wine gets it right on the palate with juicy, young cherry-like fruit its main motif. It is solid without being heavy, and it manages to be at once both slightly supple and firm. It may be enjoyable in its fruity youth, but there is little question but that it will be more likeable still if left to sit for a couple of years.  (6/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir is a pretty, juicy wine bursting with Russian River character in its expressive sweet red berries, flowers and spices. This medium-bodied, gracious Pinot should continue to drink well for the next 4-5 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.  (2/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Smoky red and dark berries on the nose. Sappy and gently sweet, offering broad raspberry and cherry flavors, with notes of smoked meat and rose in the background. This supple, open-knit pinot finishes with good clarity and lift.  (5/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Doesn’t show quite the rich complexity of Sequana’s single-vineyard Pinots, but a fine wine nonetheless. Dry, tannic and crisp in acidity, it has berry, currant and spice flavors with a nice earthiness.  (7/2011)

Wine Spectator

 A firm, taut style, with loamy dried berry, sage and cedar flavors. Savory dried berry and sage notes continue through the aftertaste... (Web Only- 2012)

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2012 | Send Email
James MacPhail has done it again! Varietally and Regionally correct Pinot Noir! This Russian River Pinot is full of classic Dark Black and Red Cherry fruit on the nose and palate. Juicy acid and floral and baking spice notes also come through on the nose and finish. Very food friendly and a steal for Beautiful Russian River Pinot at its finest!

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9