Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Infiltrate VML winery – so-named for Operative-favorite winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix – and procure their Russian River Pinot Noir – Limited Release for our thirsty, Pinot-loving Operatives.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: VML Winery
Wine Subject: 2010 VML Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Virginia Lambrix
Backgrounder: The Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County, produces Pinot Noir of remarkable distinction. The cooler maritime conditions of the region make the Russian River Valley ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The Russian River Valley in Sonoma is particularly well suited to producing exceptional Pinot Noir. This AVAwas officially designated in 1983, but many of the wines in the region used the designation as early as the 1970s (early in California’s wine history) with the many of the vines having been first planted in the early 1900s.
Look – Perfect ruby hues and evenly concentrated color from core to edge. After spinning this wine, tall, elegant, wine-stained tears run slowly down the glass.
Smell – Young strawberry, wild raspberry, Bing cherry and India black tea take a bright, aromatic lead. Behind these out-front aromas, black cherry, soft spice, earthy bramble, and hints of cedar, dried violets and subtle clove.
Feel – Cool, smooth and soft across the tip of the tongue. Initially light hearted, the wine takes on a more serious edge, gaining weight and a light grip at the mid-palate. Fine, integrated tannins and a soft acidity add intrigue and complexity.
Taste – Bright and lively, this wine leads with black cherry, young blackberry, cedar, red plum and a hint of clove. As the wine opens up, flavors of tart Bing cherry, wild strawberry, black tea leaf, red currant and a hint of tart goldenberry emerge.
Finish – Lively, fresh, juicy and long, with lingering fruit that gradually yields to subtle clove, flint and hints of cedar and bramble at the tail end.
Conclusion – Today’s 2010 VML Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a focused and delicious wine that is well worthy of your attention! Once again, winemaker, Virginia Lambrix, shows off her Pinot Noir prowess, crafting a wine that is approachable, complex, elegant and balanced. This youthful wine is ready to drink, now, and it will continue to improve for the next several years. Well-structured and lively, this Pinot Noir is an excellent companion to your favorite meal. We’d recommend pairing with a peppered, grilled tuna steak, or a roasted pork loin. Drink this delicious wine after at least 20 minutes of decanting for optimal flavor. Enjoy now, but be sure to cellar a few bottles for the next couple of years.
The location of the VML Winery can be seen in this satellite photo.