2013 Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine Russian River Valley
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2013 UMINO VINEYARD Russian River Valley

2013 UMINO VINEYARD Russian River Valley

Description

The Vineyard
The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.

Winemaker Notes
The 2013 Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep purple in color, and a bowl full of cherries and cream leaps from the bowl. Black cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of mushroom, coffee, and sweet toasted oak on the palate. Bright acidity and velvety smooth tannins mingle with flavors of bing cherry and ripe strawberry on a mineral laced finish. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French oak, 50% new oak, 25% once used and 25% older
Clones: Dijon 459 and 777
Harvest Dates: September 19, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 121

Reviews
  • Joe Roberts, 1winedude.com score: A-

    Broad and soft of fruit, but also broad and focused of intellect.

  • International Wine Report score: 93

    The 2013 ‘Unimo Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is a stunning bottling from this estate. The vineyard is comprised of Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 and is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley. The Pinot Noir has dense and earthy aromas of black truffle, anise, black cherry and ripe raspberry. This leads to ripe flavors of blackberry pie, cola, and black raspberry syrup. This is delicious and lively wine that has wonderful structure and mouthfeel. While this is hard to resist right now, it will cellar gracefully for at least another decade (Best 2016-2027) – March, 2016 (OB)

  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate score: 91

    Lastly, the 2013 Pinot Noir Umino Vineyard (a Russian River site) displays a dark ruby color, rich plum and black cherry fruit, with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a velvety, lush, texture. To me, this is clearly the best of all these Pinots from Spell, a full-bodied, lavishly constructed and plush wine that should drink well for 7-8 years.

  • Burghound Score: 91

    Notes of both red and dark cherry combine with those of plum, floral, dark tea and a hint of sandalwood. Like several of the wines in the range the medium weight flavors possess a sleek and well-detailed palate impression that continues onto the vibrant, intense and lingering finish where a touch of bitter cherry appears. This is clearly built-to-age and indeed it’s going to need at least a few years as the tightly wound backend is distinctly compact. This should be excellent if allowed a few years to mellow.

  • Wine Enthusiast 91

    From a site in what is increasingly known as the Sebastopol Hills—one of the cooler neighborhoods of the appellation—this wine is big and juicy in cranberry and strawberry, nestled in spicy clove and forest-floor flavors. Structured tannins complete the picture, adding depth and concentration. — V.B. (12/31/2015)

  • Connoisseur's Guide Score: 93

    By a small margin, the biggest and richest of the Spell Pinots, yet a wine that does not sell its soul to exorbitant ripeness and keys instead on very deep, black cherry fruit right from the first, this well-extracted effort is fleshy and full with a fine sense of juicy sweetness apparent throughout. It is firmed by a bit of very neatly fit back-palate tannin, and while that tannin ensures a good half-dozen years of development, it is so well-buffered by fruit that it does nothing to dissuade pleasurable drinking for those who simply cannot wait. Two Puffs.

  • 2106 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal
  • Joe Roberts Score: A-

    Broad and soft of fruit, but also broad and focused of intellect.

  • Prince of Pinot Score: 90

    14.5% alc., 121 cases, $48. Wine club exclusive. Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy nose, even when checked two days after opening, revealing delicate aromas of black cherry, spice and toasty oak. A luscious wine, sporting earth-kissed black cherry fruit accented with oak. Fat and full but no excess sweetness. The captivating texture is very silky, plush and tres Pinot. A bit reserved and tight, the wine was better two days after opening when tasted from an re-corked bottle. Give this wine another year or two in the cellar.

Techsheet
2013 UMINO VINEYARD Russian River Valley (.PDF)

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The Umino Vineyard is owned and farmed by Dave Umino, a fifth generation Japanese American from a Central Valley farming family. After a career as a forensic metallurgist the vineyards replaced an old apple orchard in 1995. Planted to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 777, 667, 115 and 459 it is located southwest of Sebastopol at the top of Blucher Valley in what is unofficially referred to as the Sebastopol Hills of the Russian River Valley AVA. Cold maritime air funnels through the hills to moderate ripening of the fruit which produces wines of exceptional depth, concentration and character.

The 2013 Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir is deep purple in color, and a bowl full of cherries and cream leaps from the bowl. Black cherry, blackberry and raspberry flavors mix with hints of mushroom, coffee, and sweet toasted oak on the palate. Bright acidity and velvety smooth tannins mingle with flavors of bing cherry and ripe strawberry on a mineral laced finish. Drink now or over the next 5 to 7 years.

Oak: 100% French oak, 50% new oak, 25% once used and 25% older
Clones: Dijon 459 and 777
Harvest Dates: September 19, 2013
Bottled: August 11, 2014
Alc: 14.5%
Cases Produced: 121