2010 Fort Ross "Fort Ross Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinotage

SKU #1195988 Wine Enthusiast

 From budwood brought over from South Africa, the owners’ home country, this coastal Pinotage is earthy and dry, its personality leaning toward gamy black pepper and herb.  (2/2015)

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Fort Ross Vineyard is set on a sunny coastal ridge just a mile from the Pacific Ocean. Here, South African ex-patriots Lester and Linda Schwartz grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay--naturally--but also a little bit of something different: Pinotage. This curious grape was first developed in South Africa in 1925 by crossing Pinot Noir with Cinsault. Not often found outside its native country, it thrives in the hands of the folks at Fort Ross, with its ink-dark hue and loganberry and forest floor aromas.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2015 | Send Email
It’s not every day that I get to write about Pinotage, more less try the few coming from the States, but this certainly is the best I’ve ever seen. Sweet licorice, blueberry, sage and a touch of beef blood flavors come to the fore with a layered approach. Violets and pinning tannins fill the finish in this bold, intense wine that would be perfect for a bacon wrapped filet.

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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 (%): 13.5