Jim Ball 2013 Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir
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91 POINTS - Wine Spectator
GOLD MEDAL - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Intl. Wine Competition
"Pretty hues of purple and rose-red around the edges of the glass. On the nose - a sensory cacophony of forest floor, bacon fat, sun-ripened berries and a wild, visceral, almost primal aromatic attitude that is... sexy. The complexity continues on the palate, with an entry of perfectly balanced, juicy acidity matching the broad, contained tannin structure. Mid-palate expands, filling the mouth with red berries framed by exotic and savory spices, tapering to a long, harmonious finish echoing the bacon fat seen in the nose and a lingering complexity of earth and berry and forest floor that leaves one requiring yet another sip, and another... Pure Hedonist Balance."
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Appellation: Russian River Valley Aging: 100% French Oak, 20% New pH: 3.52 TA: 5.58 Alcohol: 14.35%
A simple truth is that great wine is grown in the vineyard.
To make a great wine you must start with outstanding fruit.
Jim Ball found Middleridge Ranch in 2000. It was undeveloped and rangy, off the grid and hard to reach, but without doubt perfect for growing world class Pinot noir. Its Goldridge soils were the most sought-after and elusive in the Western Hemisphere. Its winds and cool, foggy micro-climate meant late Fall harvest and ideal acid to sugar ratios. Its high elevation and ridgeline topography meant the grapes would struggle to the ultimate glory of the wine. It smacked Jim hard between the eyes. After searching for years, he had finally found Premier Cru terroir outside the Cote de Nuits. It was stunning, unforgettable, untamed, begging to be shaped and molded and trained and loved and nourished. To make a world class wine.
The winery hired Greg LaFollette to make their wines. The result was arresting. On the first year, the San Francisco Chronicle's International Wine Competition awarded Double Gold, one of only two Pinots from the entire West Coast to receive that award. The next year, Jim Laube of The Wine Spectator awarded them 93 points.
So now, Jim Ball Vineyards is growing, and offering up the Best of Northern California Pinot noir and Chardonnay Vineyards. A collection of the finest Vineyards in the World. One of the greatest winemakers in the World. And wines ... oh yeah. Wines to match. Killer.