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2011 Ladera Pillow Road Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
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"After years of tackling Napa Valley's rugged mountain fruit, Proprietors Pat and Anne Stotesbery, who are also the creators of Ladera Vineyards on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley, soon became interested in the finesse of California Pinot Noir. In March of 2006, after scouting multiple vineyard sites, Pat and Anne visited the Pillow Rd location, a small Pinot Noir vineyard lined with old Gravenstein apple orchards. Immediately taken back to their roots, Pat and Anne knew that the area would perfectly complement their family farming traditions and trust that the Pillow Rd story is a true tribute to one of California's most celebrated agricultural areas. Our goal with Pinot is to achieve finesse with true varietal flavors. That means we want a “pretty” wine, expressive of Pinot. The 2010 Pillow Road Pinot Noir exemplifies the vineyard and the true varietal expression of Pinot Noir. Fresh aromas of wild berries, bing cherry and cola are complimented with notes of spearmint and cinnamon spice. The palate is soft and elegant with sweet tannins and lively acidity that provide for a balanced and structured wine capable of long - term aging. " -Winery [+]