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Pinot notes: the Russian River Valley surge

I was in Sonoma County for two weeks at the end of November/beginning of December ostensibly to study the fantastical Rockpile AVA, 800 to 2,200 feet up high above (to the north and west of) Dry Creek Valley. My notes on the two and half days spent up there soon to come…

The Middle Reaches of Russian River along Westside Rd.

But of course, why go anywhere to do one thing? I took this to be as good a time as any to also catch up on some Russian River Valley vignerons. Pinot lovers, remember the Russian River? Yeah, yeah, we’re all enthralled by the seemingly ethereal wines from the so-called “true” Sonoma Coast (enjoyed a fabulously deep ’07 Fort Ross Pinot Noir at Carneros Bistro last Wednesday night, as a matter of fact). Sta. Rita Hills and the Willamette and Santa Maria Valleys can all lay claim to be pinot’s “promised land,” and the new fangled noirs from Santa Lucia Highlands and Marin are definitely turning our heads.

How does that old Lovin’ Spoonful song go? Did you ever hav…