Wine Review – 2007 DeLoach Russian River Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

Winery: De Loach Vineyards and WineryDeLoach

Bottling: 2007 Russian River Pinot Noir

Region: California

Sub-Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Estimated Retail Price: $16 – $25

Purchase Details: I paid $23 for this at Safeway and realized that after checking the winery’s website out, that I got severely ripped off, even with my Safeway Club Card.  $16 on the DeLoach website.  (Correction – 8/4/09 – I made an error in quoting prices for this bottle. On the De Loach website, the 07 bottling is $24, not $16 like I stated here. Thanks Larry The Wine Guy for pointing this error out)

Tasting Notes: In the glass, a medium-dark ruby hue.  On the nose, classic pinot smells of cola, sassafras and cherry.  In the mouth lush fruit flavors of black cherries framed by warm baking spice flavors of clove, anise and cinnamon.  Fine grained tannins a medium body and a fairly long finish of cherry cola complete the wine.

Honestly, a pretty layered wine despite the fact that it tastes a little synthetic.  I don’t mean this in a negative way at all.  Over time, the more wines I taste, the more I see the differences between wines that have a purity of flavor to them and a little bit of a rough edge and wines that taste like they have bottled essences of fruit flavors added to them.   I firmly believe that to truly appreciate the great wines, you have to partake in the consumption of all varietals, at all price levels and all quality levels.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Duck with a cherry glaze or reduction or takeout food from your favorite Chinese restaurant.

Winery & Other Background Information: DeLoach Vineyards and Winery was started by Cecil DeLoach in 1973, but recently purchased by the Boisset family from Burgundy in 2003.  The new ownership promptly replaced the winery’s award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards with new vine plantings and cover crops designed to revitalize the soil.  The intent is to make wine from grapes that have been bio-dynamically farmed.  I appreciate the financial commitment the Boisset family has made and look forward to tasting the wines from the new plantings when the 2010 vintages are released.

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