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2010 Winemaker Reserve Pinot Noir, Ketcham Vineyard, RRV

2010 Winemaker Reserve Pinot Noir, Ketcham Vineyard, RRV

Every winemaker who is brave enough to make Pinot Noir must have courage and fortitude. It’s the most fickle, demanding and temperamental grape to ever hang on a vine.

$45.00 per Bottle
 

Wine Profile:

Vintage 2010
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Varietal Composition
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Russian River Valley
Sugar 24.3
Acid .55
PH 3.75
Alcohol % 14.3
Size 750 ml

Tasting Notes

Every winemaker who is brave enough to make Pinot Noir must have courage and fortitude. It’s the most fickle, demanding and temperamental grape to ever hang on a vine. Combine that with a growing season that also was fickle, demanding and temperamental and you get??? One of the best damn Pinot Noir wines we’ve ever made!

The 2010 growing season was one of the coolest—and therefore longest—in California’s long and storied grape growing history. The spring was very wet and the summer was quite cool, especially in the heart of the famed Russian River Valley—epicenter of all things Pinot—where Ketcham Vineyard is located. The grapes matured very slowly because of the cooler conditions, but then ripened quickly when a lateseason heat spike awoke them from their slumber.

The resulting fruit was absolutely divine and we knew the vintage would be spectacular, so we saved the best of the best to make this special Winemaker Reserve. After fermentation, we aged it in tightly grained French oak for 18 months and then transferred it to special bottles worthy of this fine Pinot Noir.

Mark describes the wine as “precocious,”—mature well beyond its years. Rose petals and strawberries combine for a lovely bouquet, while flavors of plum, black cherry and currant slide across the palate. Elegant and silky, this exquisite Pinot Noir is phenomenal now and will grow only better with age.

Vineyard Designation

Ketcham Vineyard

Store Pod

Handcrafted
All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.

“…These enviably pure cabernets are not burdened down with huge tannin and will not whack the taster over his head in terms of power or intensity. Rather, they are beautifully balanced and elegant…”
—Robert Parker, Jr.