2010 Ancient Oak Cellars Pinot Noir Siebert Ranch Russian River Valley
 
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Siebert Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir Pommard Clone 4 at Russian River's Siebert Ranch

First planted in the early 1900s as part of the historic Fountain Grove winery estate, Siebert Ranch became home to a chicken farm, prune orchard, sheep ranch, and most importantly, a speakeasy. In 1956, the property went up for sale when its owner — a drunk and serial insurance fraud — was forced to sell after his lover faked a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in order to collect on a life insurance policy. Henry Siebert, Ken's grandfather, seized the moment and purchased the property for $35,000.

Henry planned to live on the farm and perhaps subdivide. But as he'd grown up on a farm, over time he fell back to his farming ways, keeping a large herd of sheep and renting farm equipment all over Sonoma County. By the late 1970s, business was booming, as upstart wineries up and down the Russian River Valley began renting Henry's equipment. It wouldn't be long before Henry Siebert caught the same winegrowing bug that had infected most of his new customer base.

In the early 1990s, Siebert planted a 15-acre slope on the prized eastern side of the valley to Pinot Noir Pommard 4 clone. Henry was 80 years old!

Over the last decade, most of the Siebert Ranch Pinot Noir was sold to Flowers and the most critically acclaimed winery in Russian River Valley (per the grape contract agreement, Ken would not allow us to mention that winery's name on WineAccess). Finally in 2007, Moholt-Siebert decided to set aside the best block on the property for the family's own production.

Three years later, in the cool, unusually extended 2010 growing season, the Sieberts handpicked the best rows for themselves, every small-berry cluster ticketed for winemaker Kent Barthman's crusher.

Barthman — formerly of Far Niente — made no mistakes in his first effort off of Siebert Ranch. Deepest red-ruby to the rim, infused with pungent aromas of red raspberry and black cherry, lightly laced with new-wood cedar. Rich and compact on the attack, packed with dense red-fruit preserves. Despite all the opulence of this extraordinary vintage in Russian River, the finish remains firm, crisp, and penetrating, arguing for a 5- to 7-year slumber in a cool cellar.



Tasting Notes

2010 Ancient Oak Cellars Pinot Noir Siebert Ranch Russian River Valley
"Deepest red-ruby to the rim, infused with pungent aromas of red raspberry and black cherry, lightly laced with new-wood cedar. Rich and compact on the attack, packed with dense red-fruit preserves. Despite all the opulence of this extraordinary vintage in Russian River, the finish remains firm, crisp, and penetrating, arguing for a 5- to 7-year slumber in a cool cellar."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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