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White Rose Whole Cluster Pinot noir 2010


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White Rose


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Black tea, orange zest, rose hip, and a mingling of blackberry and red currant in the nose... Wine Advocate

4 bottle limit per customer. 98 cases made.

2009 Wine Advocate - 96 points - The 2009 Pinot Noir White Rose Vineyard Whole Cluster was made from the Vineyard's Block 1 (planted in 1980) using 100% whole clusters. It was aged for 15 months in 100% neutral French oak. It offers up a sexy, bordering on kinky, perfume of exotic spices, incense, floral notes, and assorted red fruits that jump from the glass. On the palate it deftly marries power and elegance in a complex wine that lasts for over 60-seconds in its pure finish. It is one of the wine's of the vintage. Old vines, low yields (in the range of 1.5 to 1.75 tons per acre), and a willingness to stretch the envelope have made White Rose Estate one of the premier producers of American Pinot Noir.

White Rose Estate's proprietor, Greg Sanders, loves whole cluster Pinot Noir and his 2008s were brilliant successes. He informed me during our sit-down that beginning in 2011 all of the wines produced from the estate White Rose Vineyard will be made with 100% whole clusters. Regarding the 2009s, he says, "There are wines here that I like better than the 2008s" and I have to agree with him. - Jay Miller

New vintage November 2011

2008 Vintage Tasting Notes

2008 Wine Advocate - 94+ points - The 2008 Pinot Noir Dragonís Bluff was sourced from the estate White Rose Vineyard and fermented with 100% whole clusters. The ideal conditions prevailing in 2008 allowed the stems to ripen fully yielding a wine with brooding black fruit aromas, sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, underbrush, black cherry, and plum. Dense and full-flavored on the palate but light on its feet, this impressive, masculine-styled Pinot Noir may well evolve for 5-6 years and see its 20th birthday. - Jay Miller

Beyond our selfish desire to create a wine that appeals to our palates, our objective with the 100% Whole-Cluster pinot noir is to create a wine that focuses on the character of the fruit rather than the amount and intensity of the fruit. Wholecluster fermentation restrains the sweetness or sappiness while leaving a dense and layered fruit profile. Ultimately, as the whole-cluster characteristics integrate, the secondary characteristics are intensified evolving into a wine that has the potential to evoke those rare transcendent experiences.