Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $$$$ Perry Papapietro Elsbree Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, 2007

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, is one of the classic breeding grounds for California pinot noir, and today we are trying a premium-level wine from one of the better-known makers there, Papapietro Perry.

Original tasting and review : This is Perry Papapietro Elsbree Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass:   Perry Papapietro Elsbree shows a medium deep red in the glass, with brick and salmon overtones.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature from a 50ml tasting bottle and swirled vigorously, shows complex, woody, deep fruit. Elements of cherry, strawberry and cola. From the aroma, seems like this will be a bit old-world, with solid fruit and acids.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a first fruit and acid impact on the front of your mouth, bringing sweet, light fruit - very lightly candied with a soft acid cleanse. Full mid-palate dry cherry carries the sip along, with finds its way back for a long finish as fruit continues to drip slowly along your cheeks.  The long finish is clean without any cloying sugars.   Not as old-world as the sniff would have suggested, but the fruit is nicely held in check. 

In summary: Overall, the full and balanced experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a bit plus because of the way all of the elements are held so solidly in balance. 

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