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Old World Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Sterling Family Vineyard 2006

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All of our wines are fermented with native yeasts only. We add nothing to the wines except for a small amount of sulfur which protects the wine during the aging process. We believe letting the wine make itself is the only way to truly express the vineyard through the wine. This Pinot Noir was aged in 80% new French oak barrels from a small French cooperage.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Old World Winery:
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and makin... Read more
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and making wine with the consideration that everything a vintner does in the vineyard and in the winery affects the flavor of the wine. Only indigenous yeast from the vineyard were employed for fermentation and nothing was ever added to the wine except sulfur. This Old World knowledge is truly enhanced when put together with a contemporary education. Darek got his Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Viticulture (Grape Growing). During this phase of education Darek worked at Martinelli Vineyards and Winery for his uncle Lee Martinelli, a former teacher who taught Darek the in's and out's of production agriculture, machinery fabrication, and multiple ranch farming. Darek went on to complete a Master's Degree from Fresno State in Enology (Winemaking). During this phase of education he worked for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, a privately funded research facility focusing solely on improving the quality of grapes and wine. This provided a deep look into scientific methods, experimentation and his Thesis discovered how the use of different vine training methods affected the wine quality for Syrah grapevines. After Graduation, Darek was engrossed for the next seven years as Vineyard Manager at Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery growing CCOF certified Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic winegrapes on their many ranches. During this tenure Darek created Old World Winery. As winemaker/proprietor of OldWorld Winery Darek could combine and employ all the methods he learned about fine wine production, both old and new, without upper management worrying about its unconventional nature. Old World Winery was founded and continues to grow at the Laughlin Vineyard, where Darek's cousin, Lee Martinelli Jr., owns and manages the vineyard. Lee Jr. maintains the family tradition by taking special care of two blocks of organic Pinot Noir and Zinfandel for Old World Winery. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Old World Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Sterling Family Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
02/02/2011

Earthy and autumnal on the nose with scents of eggshell minerality, old cola, grains of paradise, and a funky, almost toffeed sweet tobacco underlay to the floral fruits. This is very cool on entry with slow to broaden flavors of wild cherry edged with herbs and soil driven spice tones. Great drive tot he flavors int he mouth with some fine fruit tannins that crawls across ones tongue. I love the texture here, everso slightly astringent it give great mouth grab and will allow this to work brilliantly at the table. the fruit is constant evolving, remaining int he cherry spectrum but adding spice and soil tones with every sip. there's a slight medicinal character here that might be off putting to some and the wine does finish a bit on the short side but it's delightful, complex, and honest feeling. This needs a really good roast chicken or wild turkey. The finish gains length with air and grows slightly sweeter, which is to say barely sweet with a fine finale of layered medicinal herbs. There's something vaguely Italianate here, the rusticity perhaps, but this is as distinctive as the come, and probably as divisive as well! 91pts


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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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4.00 5
07/27/2010

This Pinot Noir comes from a cool Eastside Road vineyard near the Russian River. It has lovely aromas and flavors of earthy, smoky dark cherry and plum fruit, with subtle undertones of cola, chocolate, pine resin, and toast. The wine has a Burgundian feel with its low alcohol level, elegance, leaner structure, and higher acid level, especially in the finish. Classy wine.



Tasting Notes:

Smoky dark cherry and plum fruit, subtle undertones of cola, chocolate, toast, pine resin, and earth can be found in the aromas and flavors of this elegant, lean, truly old world style Pinot Noir

All of our wines are fermented with native yeasts only. We add nothing to the wines except for a small amount of sulfur which protects the wine during the aging process. We believe letting the wine make itself is the only way to truly express the vineyard through the wine. This Pinot Noir was aged in 80% new French oak barrels from a small French cooperage.

168 cases produced.

Aged 20 months in French Oak.

Notes: 80% new French oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.7%

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