E16 Trenton 1880 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

E16 Trenton 1880 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013

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The Russian River Valley's long, cool 2013 growing season allowed grapes to achieve optimal ripeness while still retaining vibrant acidity - desirable qualities in Pinot Noir. E16's 'Trenton 1880' bottling pays homage to a time and place: the year vines were first planted in the town of Trenton Station. Produced in a fruit-driven, graceful, and mouthwatering style, this wine puts on substantial weight with aeration. A multitude of aromas and flavors are on display here, including black cherry, raspberry, red currant, violet, smoke, toasted nut, and pine needle. Classic Russian River Pinot like this should be priced much higher!
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast!
"A whiff of smoky campfire opens this wine, followed by an unlikely counterpoint of lavender. Notes of black cherry and strawberry then unfurl, along with plenty of earthy mushroom and forest floor."

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91 - Wine Enthusiast!
90 - Burghound!


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalPinot Noir
GrapePinot Noir
CountryUnited States
RegionSonoma County
Alcohol Content14.60%

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E16 Trenton 1880 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013
By Wine Enthusiast
E16 2013 Trenton 1880 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)
Points: 91
Price: $48,  Buy Now
Designation: Trenton 1880
Variety: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, US
Winery: E16
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Category: Red
Date Published: 11/1/2015
A whiff of smoky campfire opens this wine, followed by an unlikely counterpoint of lavender. Notes of black cherry and strawberry then unfurl, along with plenty of earthy mushroom and forest floor. The wine reveals a tension of weight and body as it evolves in the glass, with a bite of tannin on the finish. Let it open a bit.
By Burghound
E16 Wine Company 2013 Pinot Noir - Trenton 1880 Red 750 ml
Note: Russian River Valley, SRP $48, 14.60%
Producer note: E16 Wine Company takes its name from 3rd generation winegrower Robert Jones' original estate vineyard located off Highway E16 in El Dorado. Following in his grandfather's footsteps, who planted vines in 1940 in the Central Valley, Jones started his own winery in 1990. Daniel Moore is the winemaker. For further information, contact 408.368.2398 or visit: www.E16wines.com
Tasting note: This also exhibits noticeable floral elements, in particular violets, to the Asian-tea inflected nose that is composed primarily by various red berry scents. There is a plush mouth feel to the very round, even suave flavors that somehow manage to retain a pretty good sense of delineation before terminating in a delicious, bold and solidly persistent if ever-so-slightly warm finish. While there is a hint of youthful austerity I suspect it will age out quickly even though the wine itself should easily reward 6 to 8 years of bottle age.
Score: 90
Tasted: Oct 15, 2015
Drink: 2020+
Issue: 60
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2013 E16 Wine Company Pinot Noir Trenton 1880
Producer: E16 Wine Company 
From: USA, California, North Coast, Sonoma Coast
Color: Red
Type: Table
Sweetness: Dry
Variety: Pinot Noir
Rating: 89+
Price ($): $48
Drink Date: 2017 - 2024
Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Date tasted: 15th Aug 2016
Source: 226, The Wine Advocate
Another Russian River cuvée (and again aged 11 months in French oak), the 2013 Pinot Noir Trenton 1880 is 100% Dijon clone 667, the “1880" signifying the date in history when the first grapes were planted in the tiny village of Trenton in the Russian River Valley. A relatively dense style of Pinot, dark ruby in color, with ripe, dark fruits and a more floral component present, the wine hits the palate with serious intensity and again exhibits excellent purity and a layered, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel with well-integrated tannin and acidity. This wine still seems very youthful, with has serious promise. Forget it for another 6 months and drink it over the following 5-7 years.
By E16 Winery
2013 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Trenton 1880
Wines of Place and Purpose
E16 Wines selects Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confuence of soil, climate and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and a devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place. Each and every bottle produced by E16 Wines is a reflection of the earth that is farmed with care and dignity by our distinguished winegrowing partners.
Location: Russian River Valley AVA: Relgnis Family Vineyards
Clone: 667
Fermentation: open-top tanks
Vintage: early growth, healthy clusters, long growing season, favorable yield
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: September 12, 2013
Aging: 11 months in French
Alc by Vol: 14.60%
TA: 3.57
pH 5.8g/L  
Bottle Date: August 16, 2014
Winemaker: Daniel Moore
Production: 15 barrels, 372 cases oak barrels (Fouquet cooper, 40% new)
Vineyard Notes
The 1880 designation acknowledges the year grapevines were first planted in the village of Trenton. The town center and general store are long gone, but Trenton is very much alive within the hearts and minds of the local community and grape growers along the Russian River. Also called “Trenton Station,” the picturesque area is situated at the northern end of Laguna Ridge and about eight miles east of where the river empties into the cold Pacific Ocean. Morning and afternoon fog are frequent visitors in a climate dominated by the cooling properties of the ocean and river, ensuring the development of beneficial grape acidity. The signature Goldridge soils — dark yellow, fine sandy-loams over fractured sandstone — control vine vigor so that photosynthesis is directed at grape development versus excessive shoot growth. The final vertex of this dynamic equilateral triangle is created by the partnership of Pinot Noir clone 667 on 101-14 rootstock at Relgnis Family Vineyards. Combined with climate and soil, the vines produce well-balanced wines that are the hallmark of the micro-region.
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