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Located just west of the heart of the Russian River Valley, Walker Vine Hill is surrounded by Pinot noir and Chardonnay. The secret of the vineyard seems to be the small hills on three compass points that form a bowl opened toward the east. This shelters the property from some of the cool air of the Russian River, raising the temperatures enough throughout the season to produce a wine with a core of blue fruit. Nearly two years in oak softens and adds complexity and the final blend is driven by an extremely seductive nose with chocolate covered blueberries, red currants, and clove unfolding on the nose. The palate is densely constructed with velvety tannins and a long, full finish.
2011 is possibly the most elegant vintage to date, due to the cooler temperatures and slow ripening of the vineyard. Fresh plums emerge immediately from the glass, followed by the classic Walker Vine Hill aromas of clove, blueberry, and herb-encrusted roast game, with a finish tha suggests classic, dark-chocolate-dipped fruit and hints of silk. The mouth feel is fresh and full of vitality.