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Established by winemaker Steve Kirby in 2007, Rainborne wines are strictly crafted from dry farmed vineyards. Kirby is a graduate of the viticulture and enology program at University of California at Davis.
An excellent Pinot Noir is produced from a vineyard in Bennett Valley, located at the foot of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County. The wine may be purchased online through the website.
2007 Rainborne Bennett Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.65, 228 cases, $38. This winery was founded in 2007 by winemaker Steve Kirby. His background includes a successful career as a classical ballet dancer followed by a degree in enology and viticulture from University of California at Davis and fourteen years of experience crafting wine. All his wines are sourced from dry farmed vineyards because he firmly believes that dry-farmed grapes best show the uniqueness of each individual vintage. Sourced from Blue Moon Vineyard. 10% whole cluster. Natural fermentations. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Spend some time with this wine and you will be rewarded. Attractive perfume of sweet-scented oak-tinged dark red berry and Bing cherry fruit. Sleek and refined, with a great backbone of acidity and tannin, this fruity wine lingers with verve on the finish. Over time in the glass, the oak and tannins mellow and the fruit comes to the forefront. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A good cellar candidate that will age effortlessly. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »