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River Road Vineyards & Winery
Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Sonoma County 2009

Let’s face it – everyone thats into wine talks up a good Pinot Noir and many a good people doing Pinot talking are talking up Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs and for good reason!

The Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County California lies between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa in the south, and Forestville and Healdsburg in the north. The area is known for it’s cool climate due to the coastal proximity and heavy fog. Given this type of climate, varietal success has been notably Pinot Noir.

There are many RRV Pinot Noirs and mostly they are in a high price bracket. Worth it, yes – but when you can find the gem that looks like expensive RRV Pinot and taste like expensive RRV Pinot, but is NOT expensive RRV Pinot ….your golden!

Hence River Road Vineyards & Winery. They own and farm a twelve acre vineyard in the Russian River Valley, south of Forestville planted to Pinot Noir and Syrah with a winery on premise. They also have a tasting room in Sebastopol, CA open to the public. River Road is family owned and like many wineries in the RRV, they take alot of care to produce fine Pinot’s. The 2009 RRV Pinot Noir was a light, smokey red. Beautiful visual contrast to the usual dark purple wines I typically pour. The nose was full of cherries and cedar, a wonderful combination. Upon tasting it you still had cherries popping up front with a bit of plum. Interestingly enough there was s little oak taste on the palate contrary to the cedar on the nose. Still, it was medium bodied and a very smooth finish. A really delicious wine! Probably the best part about this hidden gem of Pinot is the price – average of $14.99 per bottle and I found mine at Total Wines for $11.99! A fantastic RRV value for Pinot Noir.

I rate this Pinot a full THREE BOTTLES. Make sure to put this one on your “Pinot List”. It’s very in-expensive; very drinkable; very good wine! It’s a perfect example of California wines being affordable and obtainable to everyone at home – straight from the long and winding River Road!