Tasting Notes: We couldn’t resist finding another Russian River Pinot Noir which throws the entire idea of ripe and full California wine on its head. This is more Burgundy than traditional Sonoma, especially in a cooler than average 2010 vintage. Hints of berry fruit on the nose blends well with what we’re told is traditional Leras Family Vineyard, a hint of bacon. Both winemaker and the winery owner told us in no uncertain terms that this wine will, much like a high quality Burgundy require some patience. They held it in barrel for an addition 6 months & it will reward cellaring and patience-if not please decant.
About Chloe Creek and Leras Family Vineyard: One thing we’ve started to do, is to follow specific vineyards. Leras Family has been home to multiple 95+ point wines in recent years, which isn’t surprising since the vineyard is now in its 3rd generation of family ownership and has been planted continuously since 1918. Chloe Creek takes advantage of its status as a smaller producer (377 cases here) to pick up smaller parcels from outstanding vineyards and we think the commitment to quality shows here. Their winemaker Dan Fitzgerald received a large part of his wine education in Europe which helps to explain some of the stylistic choices here although his time as winemaker at Robert Sinskey helped to shape his vision of smaller production Sonoma Pinot Noir as well.