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2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir “Fire Messenger” Sonoma Coast

Fire-Messenger ColorREVWren Hop Vineyards is a small, Santa Rosa-based label operated by the father and son team of James McDonough and... James McDonough. The focus is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from top vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA and Sonoma Coast AVA. These include the Sunchase, Gap’s Crown and Goldrock Ridge Vineyards as well as the Wren Hop estate vineyard. The wines are crafted by Russell Bevan, a very talented producer of expressive, sensual wines.

The 2010 Wren Hop Fire Messenger is dark ruby with a captivating nose of strawberry, Chinese five-spice, black raspberry, tangy herb and blood orange zest. On the lightly creamy palate are a touch of sweetness and very fine texture with terrifically long-lasting red fruit and spice. Enjoy now through 2017. Very Highly Recommended.

2010 Wren Hop Pinot Noir “Fire Messenger” Sonoma Coast

Rating: Very Highly Recommended

Drink: Now - 2017
Release Date: September, 2012

Closure: Cork
Production: 100 cases
Retail Price: $62.00

Winemaker: Russell Bevan

Origin: Gap’s Crown and Wren Hop Vineyards, Sonoma Coast AVA
Aging: 11 months, 100% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.6%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: Not recommended

Temperature: 57º - 61º F

Food Pairings: Seared duck breast

The wine above was purchased by a friend.

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