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Fourth Estate 2010 Pinot Noir
Bacigalupi Vineyard, Russian River Valley

This meticulously farmed vineyard has a permanent place in Northern California's wine lore, growing fruit that helped Chateau Montelena win the 1976 Judgment of Paris. In 2010, this vineyard on the bank of the Russian River produced a round and well-balanced Fourth Estate Pinot Noir, with distinctive flavor characteristics of Westside Road and the Russian River Valley.


Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 65% Wente, 35% Pommard
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyard: Bacigalupi
Average Brix
at Harvest:
Fermentation Regime: 100% punch-down fermentation in one-ton lots. Five-day cold soak, 10-day fermentation, extended maceration.
Barrel Regime: Barrel aged for 11 months in 100% French oak, 35% of which was new (Cadus, Remond and Francois-Freres)
Alcohol: 14.5
Release Date: September 2012
Cases Produced: 135

Winemaker's Notes:
The wine reveals pretty forest-floor and dark-fruit flavors, coupled with a pleasing acidity. The Wente clone provides an appealing sweetness on the attack,
while the Pommard provides structure.

Vintage characteristics:
Extra hang time produced a full-flavored wine that pairs well with an array of foods.

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