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2006 Dobbes Family Estate Skipper’s Cuvée Rogue Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 202 cases, $42. Skipper is Joe’s daughter Amelia’s nickname. Sourced from vineyards located at 2,000 feet above sea level in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. This unique vineyard has daytime temperatures as high as 96 degrees and nighttime temperatures as low as 35 degrees. The vineyard was farmed to 3 tons per acre. Clones are Dijon 115 and 777. 25% whole clusters. Indigenous yeast. Racked twice before bottling 15 months later. Aged in 40% new French oak. · Moderately light garnet in color. Ripe fruit aromas tending toward port and raisin. Cherry and berry core marked by root beer and baking spice. Overripe flavors but nicely crafted and will find fans who welcome the elegance. Reviewed March 26, 2009

Winery: Joe Dobbes Wines
From article: Dobbes Family Estate