2002 David Bruce Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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Appellation: The Santa Lucia Highlands is part of the western benchland that borders the Salinas Valley. This valley runs roughly north to south and opens at the north directly onto the Monterey Bay. As summer sun heats the valley, the rising air draws the foggy ocean sea breezes towards the southern end. This creates a cooling blanket over the vineyards and adds to the length of the growing season. This extra hang-time intensifies the expression of deep fruit flavors. Another feature of this benchland is deep soil that allows deep root penetration and maximizes the influence of the soil and its read more...minerals. Nose: A substantial wine of foreword-fruit characteristics of black cherries, ripe plums, nutmeg and hints of citrus as well as floral aromas reminiscent of rose petals. Palate: Full body with upfront fruits representing ripe plums, black cherries and nutmeg. Ready to drink now, would benefit from two to five years of cellaring age. (hide)
Wine.comIt is wonderful to see such consistent fruit quality every year in the Russian RiverValley. This region has a well deserved reputation for Pinot Noirs with ripe flavorsand supple palates. The 2002 vintage gave us a glorious expression of rich red fruit,rose pedals, a hint of toasty oak and cinnamon spice from the sixteen months ofaging in French and Hungarian oak. This produces a palate that is soft, full and richlytextured with a long silky finish. Our gentle handling processes at David BruceWinery have allowed us to preserve the intensity of fruit flavors associated withPinot Noirs from this region and capture it in a bottle for all to enjoy.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 92 (excellent)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>