2005 Coopersmith Pinot Noir
This second release from our Coopersmith Vineyard personifies the seductive power of Pinot Noir grown in Russian River Valley. Located in the heart of Laguna Ridge, our estate vines thrive on seven gently sloping acres. The classic California clone UCD 37, a small-berried selection I identified in 1975 during my tenure as winemaker for Mount Eden, has a special affinity for this site. Ken Coopersmith, my husband and winery partner, manages our vineyard with pride and a farmer’s watchful eye. In the winery, my Méthode à l’Ancienne techniques preserve the superb fruit qualities. Barrel aging for 10 months in 67 percent new French oak intensified the wine’s abundant fruit character and rich mouthfeel.
This effusive Pinot Noir blossoms like a sultry rose in the glass. Mouthwatering, juicy aromas give way to delectable fruit flavors of ripe raspberries, blueberries and dark plum accented with cocoa and spice. Plush and velvety on the palate, the wine is intensely attractive. “It makes me weep,” says my joyful, proud husband, Ken.
“The purity of fruit—ripe, rich raspberry and blueberry—coupled with weight and richness in the mouth set this pinot noir apart. It’s a blockbuster, showing a depth and layered complexity that are usually only seen at this stage (while the wine is so young) in slightly sweeter pinot noirs that push the envelope on alcohol level. Yep, this is a powerful pinot noir, on the order of a grand cru burgundy from a good vintage, with exceptional length and very, very good balance.” Robert Whitley, whitleyonwine.com
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