Zina Hyde Cunningham

2008 Russian River Valley 'Shalee' Pinot Noir RESERVE – $60

2005 Anderson Valley Pinot-Noir

1 case left

Vineyard Location: Russian River
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: September 2008
Alcohol: 13.9%
Brix at Harvest: 25.2%
Total Acidity: 0.53
pH: 3.90
Residual Sugar: 0.1
Cooperage: French Oak
Clone Blend: 777, 667, 115
Quantity Produced: 53 cases

Winemaker's Comments

Aroma: Raspberry blossom, honey-cured bacon & molasses
Palate: Complex berry, sassafras & earthly white truffle
Finish: Lingering finish of root beer, toasted nutmeg & earth

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is used for both still and sparkling wines. In the Champagne region of France, they love to blend it with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier to add body to their wines. It is also quite popular in Alsace as a Rosé. Pinot Noir is an argumentative grape, meaning that it is not easy to grow. Many different clones are practiced and selected to bring out the fine characteristics that Pinot Noir is loved for. Being at once delicate, subtle and complex, this wine's elegance is what encourages growers and winemakers to cultivate this difficult grape. California has been blessed with a few great mesoclimates suitable for Pinot Noir, such as the Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, Edna Valley, and Carneros.

Preferred Pricing

1 - 2 cases: 10% off, 3 - 5 cases: 15% off, 6 + cases: 20% off (does not apply to Library & Reserve wines).
Mixed cases allowed. Wine club members are given an additional 5% off on all purchases.