Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Sourced from a 3 acres hilltop vineyard in heart of the Russian River Valley. A mix of Dijon clones with Pommard 4 and swan clones were planted for added complexity. The 2011 vintage was the first year the vineyard was managed by Jim Pratt. Following organic vineyard practices, the overall production was just under 100 cases.
The 2011 Willowbrook Estate Grown Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley offers light cranberry red color, with a hint of garnet. The nose is classic Russian River Pinot, with aromas of cherry, raspberry, blueberry, candied cranberry and violets. The palate is light and bright with Bing cherry, briar, and sweet cranberry flavors and a long, mocha finish.
All this bright, fresh, lively fruit is perfectly balanced by just enough oak to add structure and length. With good California frequently pushing $50 or even $60 and up, at a WineHeist price of just $28.99 this is a huge bargain. Load up on this one and enjoy over the next 2-3 years!
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Fermentation: French Oak
Alcohol %: 13.5
Willowbrook started in 2001 as a dream of winemaker, Joe Otos, then 26 years old. This dream became reality after he teamed up with retired technology executives, John Tracy and Ed Sillari. Sillari and Tracy had recently moved to the wine country and had begun separately to explore opportunities to pursue their passion for wine. Sillari was involved in wine sales and Tracy had acquired a hilltop vineyard in Forestville. Their combined experiences were all the pieces needed to get Willowbrook Cellars started.
During the first few years production was limited to about 500 cases split between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Willowbrook began to increase its production of vineyard designate wines; seeking out interesting small vineyards each with its own microclimate and flavor profile.
Willowbrook Cellars wines may be found in gourmet restaurants and in specialty wine stores, but because of the small case production, most of the sales have been generated by word of mouth.
Learn more at www.willowbrookcellars.com.