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2011 Paul Dolan Deep Red Pinot Noir

2011 Paul Dolan Deep Red Pinot Noir Mendocino County


 
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Today's Wine Comments:
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Deep and sultry, yes, but the name of the wine is not only a fitting description of its flavor, ‘deep red’ is also an allusion to the soils from whence this Pinot originated—the rich earth of the Mendocino Mountains.

The best vineyard land in the Mendocino AVA consists of a highly specialized terroir, the most visually arresting feature of which is its beautiful red tint. Thanks to large deposits of iron here, the soil is tinted a deep red color. The iron is also said to import a delicious minerality to wines grown here, and that is definitely true in this savory, ‘intellectual’ Pinot from one of our most-loved boutique producers Paul Dolan. Aged partially in American oak, the 2011 Dolan features shitake mushroom and forest floor aromatics with deep, dark cherry fruit and Indian spice on the palate.

Subsequent releases of the Dolan Deep Red were made with a blend of local grapes. This rarely seen Deep Red Pinot from the 2011 vintage is the only wine made with 100% Pinot Noir.

Reasons why we love it:

Paul Dolan is a true pioneer. As the former CEO of Fetzer Vineyards (a producer that spearheaded organic grape growing in California) Dolan has enjoyed a 35-years-and-running career in biodynamic agriculture and is now fixated on fashioning boutique wines at his eponymous winery.
Dolan does without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Like all of this Dolan’s releases, this wine was made with 100% organically grown grapes.
Mendocino Pinot is hardly a secret anymore—thanks to a dozen or so well-established names making delicious dark and brooding Pinot from mountain-grown fruit. Mendo Pinot frequently highlights the more high-acid profile of this grape, and Pinots from this northern clime are generally excellent with food.

The rich and iron-laced Deep Red soils of Paul Dolan Vineyards produce wines of complex intensity. Earthy flavors of ripe plum, silken cherry, and an elusive note of warm cedar-spice make our Deep Red a wine to be savored.

About the winery: Paul Dolan Vineyards farms without pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, life-giving system. Using nature as the inspiration and guide, Dolan crafts wines of character and purity.

“After tasting the real difference between organic and conventionally farmed grapes, side by side in a sun-drenched vineyard in 1987, my entire way of thinking about grape growing changed. The organic grapes were expressive, interesting and balanced while the conventionally farmed grapes were bland and insipid,” says Paul Dolan.

Uncork alongside mushroom risotto, roast pork, braised chicken.

Wine Ratings

91 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

Long warm summer days and cool nights. Near the headwaters of the russian river in Mendocino County some mighty fine pinot noir is grown. Deep ruby in color and flavors of dark boysenberry and red delicious candied apples. Sage interlaced with a spice box of cardamom and burnt blood orange peel. Produced from organic grapes, lots of pommard clone. Drinking very well right now. WB -3/17

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