Fisher Vineyards Russian River Valley
The Fishers run one of the longest-established properties in the region, founded in 1973, producing top class reds and whites from some superbly sited high density vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa. Of the two great single-vineyard Cabernets, the Napa Valley-sourced Lamb Vineyard bottling is marginally richer, more chocolaty. The Sonoma County Wedding Vineyard offers a touch more elegance with a fine minty undercurrent. Most accessible of the reds is the RCF Vineyard Merlot from the Napa – rich, forward and fruit driven with dark, spicy plum fruit and supple tannins. The Cameron Red is a varying blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (sometimes produced as a varietal) and complemented by Merlot and Malbec. Sourced from the Fishers’ youngest Napa Valley vines, it offers a fine balance of opulent berry fruit, nicely judged new wood and impressive persistence. The blackcurrant- and tobacco-scented Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a little Merlot with fruit coming from the north-east of the valley along the Pallisade Mountains and the eastern hills above Oakville as well as some Merlot from Sonoma Mountain. Chardonnay is both very impressive and well priced. The firm structure of both bottlings is achieved by using fruit grown at altitude and partial malolactic fermentation. The Whitneys Vineyard has just a touch more citrus intensity and depth but both will develop well with 4 or 5 years’ age. A further Cabernet is produced from the Mountain Estate vineyard, the 1 5 7 Merlot comes from Sonoma County and is blended with a little Merlot and a Syrah Hidden Terrace Vineyard is also made from the south facing slopes of the wineries Mountain Estate site. A second label UNITY is also a source of well priced Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a rosé (Pinot Noir, Syrah and Malbec) from a range of vineyard sources throughout the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Top reds are notably ageworthy. (DM)
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