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A new producer beginning in 2007 crafting Pinot Noir from an estate vineyard located on Starr Road in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is a field blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777.
The Pinot Noirs are sold online and through a mailing list.
2008 Desmond Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., pH 3.69, 80 cases, $36. From an estate vineyard located on Starr Road planted to a blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Winemaker is Bill Robbins whose background is in construction but decided a few years back to try his hand at winemaking. He sold his Harley to buy a tractor for his vineyard. · Darkly colored. Enticing perfume of Bing cherries, rose petals and spice. Richly satisfying on the palate with vibrant flavors of black cherries and black raspberries. Fine-grain tannins contribute to a satiny mouth feel and a respectable grip of acidity on the finish leaves a refreshing impression. Very good (+). Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Desmond Estate Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.69, 80 cases, $36. A field blend of Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 from the Desmond Estate Vineyard. Aged 10 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Interesting nose with fresh scents of cherries, mint, oak and leather sole. Medium-weighted flavors of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of green tomato and red licorice. Nicely composed with mild tannins and bright acidity, but lacking mid palate impact. Good. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »