2007 Ketcham Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir

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States Ketcham Estate ships to: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Only 420 cases produced.


Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions.

Our tasters are not wine professionals, but a cross-representation of professions where the common denominator is our love for wine. We utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms to help write our comments. In addition, we utilize the aroma wheel to enhance our ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor.

Tasting Notes - 2007 Estate Pinot Noir

Our tasting notes include sight, aromatics and palate. For more information, see our Tasting Techniques
  • Sight: This wine is clear, dark ruby red in color with a slight cherry color rim variation. Big, slow teardrops with some light red color.
  • Aromatics: Dark red fruits such as cherry and a slight raspberry aroma.
  • Palate: Very Smooth with a creamy texture. Ripe fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry with a bit or cedar and wet stone.
Wine Profile Style
Light Bodied Medium Bodied Full Bodied
Drink Now (0-3 yrs) Will Age (3-5 yrs) Will Age (8-10 yrs)
Slightly Fruity Fruity Very Fruity
No Tannins Softer Tannins Heavier Tannins
Low Acidity Medium Acidity High Acidity
No Residual Sugar Dry Off Dry Sweet

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Chardonnay
Appellation 100% Napa Valley – Oak Knoll District
Harvest Dates September 11th, 2008
Sugar at Harvest 24.6 degrees Brix
Fermentation 100% malo-lactic fermentation
Aging / Cooperage 100% French oak (50% new) aged 12 months
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
Acidity TA: 5.4, pH: 3.65

Technical Notes

About the Vineyards

Home to a number of California's most acclaimed wineries and vineyards, the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (OKD) is steeped in winegrowing history and tradition. Offering a perfect convergence of growing conditions, OKD has earned a reputation for producing an array of world-class wines, including Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. A late frost and a dry and windy spring resulted in smaller yields. “The quantity is slightly lower than ’07 but quality is the best I’ve seen.”

About the Winery

HaGafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California's premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District--Napa's newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas--our well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

With its light sunflower hue and green apple, guava, and kiwi bouquet, our newest Chardonnay presents an integrated, melodious blending of bright apple, apricot, and pineapple, with a kiss of toasty oak.

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