2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD ♦ 2 BEST OF CLASS ♦ DOUBLE GOLD
2009 was again a much cooler growing season in Northern California than we are accustomed to. The result of which is a Pinot Noir wine showing a great deal of finesse showing off a real sense of terroir and an abundance of sweet Red Fruits, with Strawberry, Raspberry and Red Currant fighting for the lime light. These aromas and flavors are backed up by notes of spice, red licorice, cola and perhaps a touch of menthol.
As with all of our wines diligent and meticulous attention in the vineyard only allows the best of the fruit to be gently handled at the winery, where the grapes are slowly turned into wine. An initial cold soaking of the grapes for several days followed by a combination of hand punching down during the day and a submerged cap during the night in small open top fermenters has enabled us to achieve a wine with both great depth and that special Pinot Noir texture.
At the time of writing this the wine was extremely youthful and needed several minutes to open up and start showing off her stuff. Even then it took several hours for her full potential to shine through. I will recommend decanting this wine before consuming for the next several months. Hey but its Pinot Noir – anything can happen!
2012 - CHAIRMAN'S AWARD - Riverside International Wine Competition
2012 - BEST OF CLASS - Riverside International Wine Competition
2012 - GOLD - Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
2012 - GOLD - U.S. National Wine Competition
2012 - GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2011 - BEST OF CLASS - International Eastern Wine Competition
2011 - DOUBLE GOLD - International Eastern Wine Competition
2011 - GOLD - Dallas International Wine Competition
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Russian River Valley
August 11, 2010
Due to the 2009's cooler climate and lower yields, this Pinot
shows a great deal of finesse and more of the softer undertones
that are sought after. The nose of this incredible Pinot brings
you right to the vineyard with a real sense of terroir and an
abundance of sweet fresh red fruits, mature strawberry,
raspberries, and red currants. The well balanced and finesse
is followed down the palate matching the aromas which are engaged by notes of exotic spices, red licorice, cola, and just a slight hint of menthol. The 777 clone does come through with the velvety palate bringing the spice while the 828 helps balance with more of the minerality and colas. Aging this Pinot Noir in French Oak for 10 months developed more complexity and enhanced the mouth feel.
Clones 828 and 777
2009 was a great year for growing Pinot Noir in the
Russian River Valley. Overall a bit cooler and dryer than
previous years, the year was considerably a longer
harvested vintage than normal. Starting off with a cold
dry winter and cool dry spring, the year allowed to keep
a lower naturally occurring canopy thus producing juicier
more vibrant low yields. Cool, foggy mornings progressed
into hotter September days right into harvest where sugar
and acidity came into a great balance. The grapes were
cluster selected by hand harvesting in the early morning
and then cold soaked for several days. During the day the
grapes hand punch downed followed by nightly small
open top fermenters. This gentle handling allowed us to
achieve an ideal level of extraction allowing for the Clones
777 and 828 to show their abundance of fruit and elegance.
40% New French Oak