Wine Geek Recommended
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From 1985 to 1995, Daniel Moore‘s ZMOORE winery was known as the preeminent New World benchmark in dry Gewurztraminer! The original winemaker for Martinelli Vineyards, Daniel worked with Martinelli‘s exceptional Gewurztraminer vines to create wine for both the Martinelli family‘s label as well as his own. Then, in 1995, with a full-time job at another Russian River Valley winery (Lynmar), Daniel decided to put ZMOORE on hold. The project was reinvented in 2005 when Jeff Morgan came on board and the two winemakers extended their partnership to include ZMOR, specialized in aromatic white wines and Pinot Noir. The new spelling of "MOR" represents Morgan‘s participation. Their Russian River Pinot is crafted stylistically as a modern expression of Pinot Noir that exemplifies the elegance they love in their favorite Burgundies. This is made possible by the unique microclimates found in the Russian River Valley, where the combined solar and maritime influences provide conditions conducive to cool-climate viticulture.
Mid-Northern Sonoma's proximity to the coast, as well as the dense fogs that creep down hillsides, is the key to the region's favorable viticultural tendencies. Long a source for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the area in and surrounding the Russian River Valley benefit with long, ideal growing seasons, allowing the perfect balance in ripening the fruit.