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2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 750ml 3-Pack
The wine is a blend of three vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA. The tiny 2.25 acre Stori Vineyard makes up the bulk (84%) of the blend. The wine is rounded out with small amounts of Suacci Vineyard (8%) and Desmond Vineyard (8%). The clonal makeup of the vineyards includes Dijon clones 115, 777 and 667. The vineyard ages are all around 12-15 years old and the soils are Goldridge and sandy loam.
The 2012 vintage was one of the most bountiful harvests in recent memory in Sonoma County. And while yields were historically high—in many cases double the previous year—quality was also a hallmark of the vintage. The Pinot harvest was free of defects and we had the ability harvest grapes at optimal levels of sugar and acidity.
The wine shows the classic Bing cherry, raspberry and cola aromatics associated with the Russian River Valley. The flavors on the palate snap to life. Wine with energy.
Owner/Winemaker Matt Duffy calls in from the vineyards to talk about this Russian River Pinot.
Winery Retail Price: $117.00
Average Shipping: $30.00
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Total MSRP: $139.00
There were four lots that went into the blend. We utilized whole clusters in 3 of 4 lots.
One of the seven French oak barrels in the blend were new. The rest were mostly once-used.
Winemaker: Matt Duffy
Production: 169 cases were bottled unfined and unfiltered on July 23, 2013
T.A.: 5.4 g/L
Vaughn Duffy Wines
Matt Duffy & Sara Vaughn
Our wines are the result of a desire to do something we weren't sure was possible. Our current production is so limited that sharing our wines feels intimate. We intend to grow slowly and focus on making something special. Right now we make Pinot Noir, Syrah and Rosé and people say nice things to us when they try our wines. We hope to grow our production over the years and watch the next generation take over.
It started just a few years ago in a tiny dank apartment in San Francisco. That's where Sara and I first lived together and fell in love. She was finishing her Master's degree in speech-language pathology and I worked at Bacchus & Venus in Sausalito, selling wine to tourists and an unusual batch of locals. At night I would drive home from work over the Golden Gate Bridge and usually arrive with a leftover bottle or two from the day's tastings. We would eat dinner and drink the wine, and think about our future.
It didn't take long before we both fell hard for Pinot Noir. California producers such as Patz & Hall, Loring and Siduri became our benchmarks. Wines from the great Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards of Pisoni, Gary's and Rosella's were liquid treasures, and trips to the Anderson Valley soon become regular excursions.
Maybe it was because Sonoma County was in between our little apartment and Sara’s hometown of Ukiah in Mendocino County, but it soon became the focus of our desire to relocate. We loved San Francisco and always will. But we were ready to do without weekly parking tickets and winter in July. We wanted to eat just as well and rent a place that actually had room for more than a card table for dining. We also knew that Sonoma County was home to some of the world's best Pinot Noir.
Suddenly it was 2007 and we were engaged and driving a U-Haul to start a new life in Sonoma County. I worked as a harvest intern at Siduri, and Sara adjusted to life away from her vast network of friends in the Bay Area. The adjustment was hard at first, but we soon established ourselves anew in this beautiful county, and we officially began life together as husband and wife in 2008.
Working at Siduri lead me to Vinify, the custom crush winery where I have worked for the past three years. Being exposed to a multitude of winemakers and entrepreneurs had its effect on me and in 2009 we purchased one ton of Pinot Noir grapes and made our first wine. It was a modest start in this humble venture we call Vaughn Duffy Wines. Or perhaps it was just another step in the process that started with those leftover bottles in that shoebox apartment. We have since continued with a 2011 that has seen the birth of our first child and the release of our first wine. Wherever we are along the way, we're glad you are with us, and we are honored to share our wine with you.
All the best. Matt Duffy & Sara Vaughn
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