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O'Connor 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley



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94 Points                           
A fantastic tiny-production Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley that rivals the best in California.  Only 414 cases produced.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection*:
  "From longtime growers based in the Green Valley, this is focused, site-specific wine-making at its finest, an exploration of forested pine and airtight acidity that buzzes on the palate with electricity and freshness. Tannin play a supportive, silky and unobtrusive role, allowing room for plum and dark cherry to speak."

93 Points PinotFile: "Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Soaring aromas of Bing cherry, spice, toast and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with delicious dark cherry fruit. The charge of fruit is buffered by vibrant acidity and silky tannins. There is definite barrel influence, but it seasons rather than dominates the wine. Very enjoyable, with a smooth texture and an exit bursting with savory oak and black cherry goodness. A real charmer and quintessential Russian River Valley in character at a very reasonable price."

After purchasing the property in 1990, the O'Connors decided to give new life to the aging apple orchard, recruiting local vineyard guru and grower Warren Dutton to help put in the vineyards. In 1995, Chardonnay vines were planted over five acres, and in 1996, Pinot Noir (clones 115, Pommard, and 777) was planted over the remaining three and a half.  Since their first saleable crop, the grapes have been sought after by many fine wineries. Since 2005, the O'Connors have produced the Pinot Noir themselves under a family label, O'Connor Vineyard.

Type: Pinot Noir

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