2009 Sojourn "Wohler Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1190516 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Wohler Vineyard is from another site planted with Dijon clones 115, 667, 828, and treated similarly (50% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered.). It has a slightly darker hue to its ruby color, more raspberry, boysenberry and darker fruits, and slightly more restrained aromatics. It kicks into gear in the mouth, with a slightly fuller, richer, more structured and denser mouthfeel than the Russian River. This is an example of a less silky and less seductive style, but one with more power, muscle, richness and length. It should drink well for 5-6 years and is a beautifully made, pure Pinot. 92+ (RP)  (2/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Shows wonderful focus, vibrancy and balance, with a mix of spicy berry, mineral, anise and blackberry flavors. Pure, intense and snappy, ending with a taut, tannic finish. Best from 2012 through 2020. (JL)  (6/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Intense, floral-accented aromas of cherry and black raspberry, with violet and cola topnotes. Offers pungent cherry and floral pastille flavors, juicy acidity and and an exotic Indian spice nuance. Closes on a sweet cherry note, with excellent clarity and lingering smoke and spice qualities. (ST)  (5/2012)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Although very much showing the ripeness that is central to all of the Sojourn bottlings, this one comes with a good measure of well-extracted, dark-cherry fruit and plenty of palatal flesh. It is ever so slightly soft in balance but toughens up a touch at the finish, and, if just rough enough to want a bit of bottle age, it will be helped by service with food in the short term and should smooth out nicely with time.  (10/2011)

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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 Sp├Ątburgunder 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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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 Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.