Fort Ross Sea Slopes Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Fort Ross Winery has attracted some of California's top winemakers such as Ed Kurtzman (Roar, August West, Freeman), Helen Keplinger (Paradigm) and most recently Jeff Pisoni (Lucia, Luli).
Nestled on a sunny coastal ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean a mile below, their "True Sonoma Coast" vineyard is one of the closest, if not the closest, to the ocean in all of California. From the vineyard you can see the breaking surf and the misty silhouettes of Bodega Head and Pt. Reyes far below. The vineyard’s high elevation above the coastal fog and its proximity to the ocean provide a gentle, sunny and temperate climate that has proved to be extremely favorable for the slow and even ripening of ultra-premium Pinot Noir grapes.
The Sea Slopes Pinot Noir actually gets its name from overlooking the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet. The wine spent nine months in 10% new French oak prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is blended for earlier release and is ready to enjoy sooner than other Fort Ross Vineyard Pinot Noirs. This expressive ruby-hued Pinot Noir has bright black cherry, wild berry, and violet aromas that are gracefully balanced by touches of dried orange peel. Generous raspberry and mulberry integrated with spice evolve on the palate finishing with silky tannins that express the coastal terroir.