This is the Grand Dame, a Pinot Noir that offers exquisite, seemingly endless pleasure. Captivating and gracefully seductive when young, it develops power and majesty as it ages.
Located in the northern Middle Reach of Russian River Valley, Windsor Gardens is a dry-farmed vineyard, over thirty years in age and planted with the classic Martini clone. The venerable old vines bear a small crop, rare and rich fruit with deep favor and weighty, velvety texture. I was fortunate to harvest enough fruit in 2001 to produce two hundred precious cases.
I crafted the wine using traditional Burgundian techniques, Méthode à l’Ancienne, cold soaking the grapes and fermenting in small open-top tanks. The wine aged ten months in French oak barrels specifically selected and coopered by Dargaud & Jaegle to enhance this wine.
Seductive and smooth, 2001 Windsor Gardens unfolds on the palate with elegant authority, revealing a complex array of classic aromas and flavors -- rose petals, dark cherry and plum -- and finishing with satiny refinement. This sultry, full-bodied wine is well suited to accompany wild mushroom ravioli or grilled lamb tenderloins with eggplant flan.
“Always among the deepest of the Edwards Pinots, and often the leader of the vintage, the Windsor Gardens bottling scoops the competition again for its fully fruited, well-stuffed, optimally ripened aromas of cherries tinged with dried violets and crème brulée oak. It is velvety and balanced on the palate with inviting, still nascent flavors leading to a long, slightly youthfully tight finish and a touch of alcoholic heat. Yet, time in the bottle is all that is needed to see this exceptional wine grow and get even better yet”
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, February 2004
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