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2009 Expo Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2009 Expo Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

This wine has a caramel-like aroma that leads to flavors of red cherry, dark berries and cola.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2009
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About This Wine

Large-scale grape growing in the Russian River Valley dates back to the late 1800s.

But it wasn’t until the 1960s that the Russian River region we know today began to emerge. That’s when this area of Sonoma County was explored by Bob Sisson, the University of California farm advisor for the county.

After gathering extensive data, Sisson urged the local growers — many of whom were struggling with esteemed varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon — to turn their focus toward cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Most of the farmers listened, and the rest is history.

Today, the Russian River Valley is one of the “capitals” of Pinot Noir growing in the United States, and the Expo rendition demonstrates the expressiveness of the variety. Among the aromas and flavors detected by our tasting panel were red cherry, various dark berries, caramel and even a hint of cola. For which we say to Mr. Sisson: Thank you!

About Pinot Noir

Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
  • Grape Source:Russian River Valley Area of Sonoma County
  • Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Dark Berries, Caramel and a Hint of Cola
  • Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2017
  • Food Pairing Suggestionbeef ribs with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce.

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    This wine absolutely bursts with cherry flavor. I love it!

    12/30/2010 Shirley Kmett
    • Rater Rank 7
    • Number of Ratings 83
    • Average 4.51807228916

    Another very nice Pinot Noir!

    4/29/2011 Robert McNeal
    • Rater Rank 3
    • Number of Ratings 135
    • Average 3.91111111111


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