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Terra Valentine 2013 Pinot Noir

Terra Valentine

2013 Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA


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Tasting Notes:


  • Color: pale garnet
  • Aromas: cherry preserves, raspberry, mushroom, forest floor, hints of pine needles, dried tobacco leaf
  • Palate: red tart fruit, currant, boysenberry, cocoa powder dust, dry, spicy, stable tannins
Tasting notes by Ivy Phanith, Social Media Guru and Sommelier in Training
  • Grapes
  • Region
    Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
  • Production
    290 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Aging Potential
    Ready to enjoy now!
Sam Baxter
About the Winemaker:

Winemaker Sam Baxter, has always had a keen focus on the grapes in the vineyard to achieve ideal ripeness and flavor development, leading to a winemaking style marked by minimal intervention. The yield of this approach is evident in our Terra Valentine wines that reflect a sense of place while showing the intensity of mountain grown fruit and balanced elegance.

Sam Baxter stands tall among an esteemed few, of the next generation of Napa Valley winemakers. Baxter literally grew up in the grapevines, trailing father Phil, whose winemaking made a legendary mark in the late '60s when the Napa Valley first experienced international notoriety as a respected winegrowing region.

After graduating from University of California, Davis with a degree in fermentation science in 1998, Sam extended his experience with a pivotal internship position at Sterling Vineyards and stints abroad in Australia. His first encounters with Terra Valentine were cultivated during the early years at the winery, dubbed the "cowboy" era (1999-2001) due to the rough-and-tumble condition of the winery and its vineyard land, which allowed for barely enough energy to run the lights, but no hot water. Working under these off-the-grid conditions went a long way in building Baxter's strong winemaking foundation.

Freestone, Green Valley and Olivet Lane
About the Vineyard:
Terra Valentine Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is sourced from three premium vineyards that bring their unique character into this blend. From Freestone, Green Valley, and Olivet Lane, Terra Valentine sources Clone 115 and Pommard Clone pinot noir. The cooler Freestone vineyard brings bright acidity and dark structure. The Green Valley site offers a rich and round mid-palate and the Olivet Lane vineyard offers ripe round forward fruit.
Additional Winemaker Notes:

Cold soaked 48 hours, Extended maceration, free-run drained off after 14 days total contact.

Barrel Regime:
18 months in French oak - 44% new

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About the Winery
Terra Valentine The legacy of Terra Valentine's wine program is a remarkable journey for not only the winery, but for the Baxter family as well. Phil Baxter graced these vineyards and put his fingerprint on the exquisite wines from the famed Spring Mountain AVA. In 2002 Sam Baxter took the helm from his father leading the fine wines of Terra Valentine to achieve a cult like status. Learn more