2008 W.E.Bottoms Vineyard Russian River Pinot Noir
Located among the Redwood trees in the hills above Occidental, CA is the W.E. Bottoms
Vineyard. I feel that we achieved our most dense and powerful vintage to date.
On the nose the aromatics are screaming out of the glass with scents of black cherry,
herbs and forest floor backed with tobacco and blackberry flavors. We used 33% new
French oak to give the wine just a bit of oak spice, and enhance the fruit characteristics.
The finish is layered and powerful due to the assertive tannins. If there were a wine that
harnesses what is best about California Pinot Noir, and still displays notes of classic
Pinot this would be my best effort. This wine should age very nicely in my opinion, but
seems quite accessible now as long as there is a good meal to go with it.