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2010 Leo Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
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2010 Leo Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Acid
6.2 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
9 months. 70% 203 year old French Oak, 30% New French Oak.
Bottling Date
June 28, 2011
Alcohol %
14.5
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The Leo Pinot Noir- named after Jeff & Ingrid's son, Leo Benjamin, who was born in 2010- displays aromas of rich bright cherry with earth, spice, violet and sweet wood. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla and carmelized wood shine through on the palate. Perfect for summer grilling!

Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Acid
6.2 g/L
pH
3.6
Aging
9 months. 70% 203 year old French Oak, 30% New French Oak.
Bottling Date
June 28, 2011
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Ratings
89 points- KensWineGuide.com review, 87 points- Wine Enthusiast
Awards
Double Gold Medal- 2013 American Wine Society Competition, Gold Medal- 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Indy International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 International Women's Wine Competition, Bronze Medal- 2013 California State Fair Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
Cummings Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, just west of the city of Santa Rosa and Archer Vineyard, Sonoma Coast/Russian River, just west of the city of Windsor.
Production Notes
The 2010 growing season was long and cool in California, however, there was a heat spell toward the end of the pinot vintage, causing over-ripening on grapes that had their shade leaves pulled in order to let in the much needed sunshine. Those vines that had not yet been picked and still had their fruit protected by the leaves fared significantly better and produced some beautiful and elegant wines, as is the case with this Leo pinot. The grapes were harvested from vineyards in the heart of the Sonoma Coast, near the Russian River. After night picking, they were hand-sorted into open top fermenters, fermented dry and allowed to finish Malo-lactic in barrel. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak for nine months, then bottled unfined/unfiltered.
Winemaker Notes
The hue of our 2010 pinot is an alluring deep garnet with hints of blue. The nose reveals rich, bright cherry fruit backed up by impressions of earth, spice, violet and sweet wood. This wine is medium-bodied with a touch of richness and viscosity, put into balance by the present, but integrated, tannins. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla and caramelized wood shine through on the palate.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this delicious Pinot with some spicy shrimp linguine, grilled pork tenderloin or vegetable lasagna.
Other Notes
124 cases produced
Product Reviews
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Mark Havener
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(Nov 19, 2014 at 7:19 AM)
I have some friends that really love Oregon reds. When I showed up to a dinner party with Jeff Gordon they thought; "the NASCAR driver?" I said yes. We opened the bottle and shared and they were truly impressed. Now, they look forward to each time I bring a Jeff Gordon red. Thanks for making my wine selection a hit!

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