2003 August West - Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 88
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
August West is a new Pinot Noir producer and the 2003s mark their first vintage. The wines are made at Kosta Browne?s winery in western Sonoma County. From barrel, the wine already is very forward with clean red fruit (strawberry) and slight new oak aromas. Good acidity nicely frames considerable juicy fruit on the palate before finishing with attractive light oak shadings. The antithesis of a vin de garde style but will provide fun early drinking when released.

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Collector Data For This Wine

139 bottles owned by 47 collectors.

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About This Producer

August West Winery is jointly owned by winemaker Ed Kurtzman, grower Gary Franscioni and Howard Graham. The winery specializes in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah sourced from Russian River Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards owned by the partners. The wines of August West have developed a devoted following and represent the highest quality.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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