2007 Couloir Roma’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.85% alc., 200 cases, $44. Released April 2009. Roma’s Vineyard is at 1,850 feet on a mountaintop ridge. The vineyard was originally planted in 1990 for sparkling wine production, but later retrained to a bilateral cordon for still wine production. Planted to the Pommard clone and organically farmed under the direction of Ardzooni Vineyard Management. 50% whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel open-top tanks. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, gentle manual punch downs, gravity fed into 8 French barrels, 3 new, never racked, fined or filtered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color. World-class nose featuring crushed berries with a kiss of baking spices. A lovely wine in the mouth, very smooth, with moderate ripe tannins, gentle acidity and discreetly concentrated cherry and berry fruit. Elegant and perfectly balanced with admirable persistence on the finish. A complete wine. Reviewed May 26, 2009

Winery: Couloir Wines
From article: Anderson Noir Valley Pinot (Pt I)