2008 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
This vineyard has a lovely view of the Russian River from its hillside above Westside Road. Planted in 2002 by Phil & Toby Flax, last year it joined our family of estate properties when we leased it from them. From the first vintage of this wine in 2004, we saw the tremendous potential of this site, which is well matched to the classic Pommard clone of Pinot Noir grown here. With each succeeding year, the wines have shown increased weight and intensity.
Cherries are the hallmark character of the Pommard clone and they are generously featured here -- dark Bing and Queen Anne along with fragrant cherry blossoms. Hints of red roses, spicy oak and brambleberries heighten the appeal of the wine’s mouthwatering aroma. The focused palate displays black plums, licorice and hedgerow fruits. Ripe and rich in the mouth with soft, fine-grained tannins, this Pinot shows the superb balance essential for long-term aging.
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