Vineyard: Ceremonial

AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 george Vintage XI Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 257 cases, $60. · Moderate ruby red and slightly cloudy in the glass. Dancing aromas of red berries, red plums, pomegranate and seagrass. Light to medium in weight with flavors of strawberry, cherry, red plum and brown spice. Oak plays a significant role and needs time to integrate. More flavor intensity the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 88. Reviewed December 10, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 George Vintage X Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 165 cases, $60. Vineyard owned and farmed by the Martinelli family. Dijon clones. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of fresh squeezed black cherry juice and cherry-soaked oak. On entry there is a burst of cherry flavor complimented by spice and cola, with the beguiling fruit carrying its weight through the generous finish. Great balance, fruit purity and fortitude. Score: 92. Reviewed January 20, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 george Vintage IX Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir

13.9% alc.,157 cases, $60. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Enticing aromatic presence with scents of fresh black cherries, dark currants and spice. Delicious core of moderately rich dark red berry, plum and black cherry flavors with complimentary notes of spice and cola. Well-balanced tannins, focused acidity, and a very appealing crisp and juicy finishing note like biting into a fresh, cold, plump cherry. Very admirable effort in a difficult vintage. Reviewed February 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 george Vintage VIII Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc.,195 cases, $60. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Beguiling dark, deep cherry perfume. A clear standout that seduces from the get go, offering moderately rich flavors of black cherries, red plums, and cola wrapped in fur coat tannins. Softly textured with bright acidity and admirable length on the refreshing finish that draws you back for another sip. A ripper. Reviewed April 4, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 george Vintage VII Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 208 cases, $700 a case. Farmed by the Martinelli family. · Effusive aromas of blackberries, plums, mocha and oak spice. Luscious and full-flavored, classy and polished, with a long, generous finish. Elegantly crafted exhibiting finesse over fruit heaviness, with charming flavors of dark stone fruits, ripe berries and plum reduction sauce accented by a hint of peppery spice and game. Each sip leaves you begging for more. Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 george Vintage VI Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 315 cases, $50. · A signature george Pinot. Welcoming aromas of fresh cherry cobbler, wooded forest, spice and seasoned oak. Layers of flavors including cherries, raspberries, nutmeg, white pepper, and exotic Asian spices. Rich, full and lip-smacking with impressive persistence on the back end. The fruit really grabs your attention. A cherry lollapalooza. Reviewed April 23, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 george Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 300 cases, $50. Formerly the Nuptial Vineyard, this vineyard is farmed by the Martinelli family. · Elegance personified with tasty red cherry, cola and spice flavors. Plenty of lively acidity on the finish pulls the drinker back to the glass. Reviewed November 2, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 george Vintage V Ceremonial Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 324 cases, $50. · Red fruits are underscored on the nose by scents of green pea, oak and vanillin. Dark red cherry, berry and plum flavors which demand attention. Silky in texture with a dry, fruity finish. Brimming with finesse and charm. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »