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Producer: Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2019 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Rose Of Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard

A deeper hued effort based on Pinot Noir, the 2019 Rose Of Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard has a pretty bouquet of candied cherries, strawberries, and flowers. Tasting like a solid Tavel, it's a rich, medium-bodied, balanced rosé with good acidity and a clean, dry finish. It's going to shine on the dinner table.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $26 1

A deeper hued effort based on Pinot Noir, the 2019 Rose Of Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard has a pretty bouquet of candied cherries, strawberries, and flowers. Tasting like a solid Tavel, it's a rich, medium-bodied, balanced rosé with good acidity and a clean, dry finish. It's going to shine on the dinner table.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2018 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Sea Slopes

Bottled under screw cap and a value-priced effort, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes comes from sites in the Sonoma Coast and has a lively, complex bouquet of spiced cherries, cranberries, sappy flowers, and a kiss of marine-like salinity. With good complexity, medium body, nicely integrated acidity, and a good finish, it’s a delicious drinker to enjoy over the coming 3-4 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $35 1

Bottled under screw cap and a value-priced effort, the 2018 Pinot Noir Sea Slopes comes from sites in the Sonoma Coast and has a lively, complex bouquet of spiced cherries, cranberries, sappy flowers, and a kiss of marine-like salinity. With good complexity, medium body, nicely integrated acidity, and a good finish, it’s a delicious drinker to enjoy over the coming 3-4 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2018 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard

The base 2018 Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard is impressive, offering lots of honeyed orchard fruits and white currant fruits as well as some spice and brioche aromas and flavors. It's rich, medium-bodied, balanced, and simply an outstanding effort to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $44 1

The base 2018 Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard is impressive, offering lots of honeyed orchard fruits and white currant fruits as well as some spice and brioche aromas and flavors. It's rich, medium-bodied, balanced, and simply an outstanding effort to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2017 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Stagecoach Road

Another classic example of the vintage, the 2017 Pinot Noir Stagecoach Road has loads of spiced red and black fruits, bouquet garni, toasted nuts, and a touch of seaside-like salinity to go with a medium-bodied, round, elegant style on the palate. With ripe tannins, good overall balance, and a great finish, it should be impressive for 7-8 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $80 1

Another classic example of the vintage, the 2017 Pinot Noir Stagecoach Road has loads of spiced red and black fruits, bouquet garni, toasted nuts, and a touch of seaside-like salinity to go with a medium-bodied, round, elegant style on the palate. With ripe tannins, good overall balance, and a great finish, it should be impressive for 7-8 years.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2017 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Top Of Land

Aged 10 months in 45% new French oak and all from the estate Fort Ross Vineyard, the 2017 Pinot Noir Top Of Land gives up an elegant, layered, medium-bodied style that offers more dark berry fruits, mulberries, toasted spice, and dried earth nuances. It's complex and has a seamless texture, polished tannins, and a good finish. This is another charming, balanced, classic wine from this address.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $80 1

Aged 10 months in 45% new French oak and all from the estate Fort Ross Vineyard, the 2017 Pinot Noir Top Of Land gives up an elegant, layered, medium-bodied style that offers more dark berry fruits, mulberries, toasted spice, and dried earth nuances. It's complex and has a seamless texture, polished tannins, and a good finish. This is another charming, balanced, classic wine from this address.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2017 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir The Terraces

Bright black cherry, candied violets, Asian spice, and some cedary herb notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir The Terraces, which is medium-bodied and has a fresh, focused texture, good acidity, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $80 1

Bright black cherry, candied violets, Asian spice, and some cedary herb notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir The Terraces, which is medium-bodied and has a fresh, focused texture, good acidity, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2017 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard

Lots of redcurrants, mulled cherries, and spicy, dried herb-like notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard, a medium-bodied, elegant Pinot Noir with ripe tannins and terrific overall balance. It shows the more savory, concentrated style of the vintage and is an outstanding, complex 2017 to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $52 1

Lots of redcurrants, mulled cherries, and spicy, dried herb-like notes emerge from the 2017 Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard, a medium-bodied, elegant Pinot Noir with ripe tannins and terrific overall balance. It shows the more savory, concentrated style of the vintage and is an outstanding, complex 2017 to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years or so.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2017 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay Mother Of Pearl

As with all of these releases, the 2017 Chardonnay Mother Of Pearl comes all from the estate vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA of the Sonoma Coast. Aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, it offers a Meursault-like bouquet of caramelized stone fruits, brioche, toasted almonds, and a touch of flinty minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's a stunning Chardonnay from winemaker Jeff Pisoni that does everything right.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $60 1

As with all of these releases, the 2017 Chardonnay Mother Of Pearl comes all from the estate vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA of the Sonoma Coast. Aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, it offers a Meursault-like bouquet of caramelized stone fruits, brioche, toasted almonds, and a touch of flinty minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's a stunning Chardonnay from winemaker Jeff Pisoni that does everything right.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

2015 Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery Pinotage Fort Ross Vineyard

You don't see many Pinotage from California, but the 2015 Pinotage Fort Ross Vineyard is solid stuff. Aged 10 months in 30% new oak, its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by a Pinot Noir-like bouquet of smoked blackberries, peppery herbs, chocolate, and sappy herbs. Balanced and medium to full-bodied, with plenty of tannins and good acidity, it’s an interesting, solid effort. I suspect it will evolve nicely for 4-6 years or more as well.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.

  $58 1

You don't see many Pinotage from California, but the 2015 Pinotage Fort Ross Vineyard is solid stuff. Aged 10 months in 30% new oak, its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by a Pinot Noir-like bouquet of smoked blackberries, peppery herbs, chocolate, and sappy herbs. Balanced and medium to full-bodied, with plenty of tannins and good acidity, it’s an interesting, solid effort. I suspect it will evolve nicely for 4-6 years or more as well.

These Fort Ross Vineyard releases are made by Jeff Pisoni, and his 2018s are a solid improvement over the 2017s.