2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Vicini's Vineyard

♦ CHAIRMAN'S AWARD ♦ 2 BEST OF CLASS ♦ DOUBLE GOLD ♦ 4 GOLDS ♦

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.

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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!

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Awards

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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Wine Specs

Vintage 2009
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation Vicini's Vineyard
Acid 6.4 g/L
PH 3.62
Bottling Date August 11, 2010
Residual Sugar 23.2° Brix
Alcohol % 13.8

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes 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.
Production Notes Clones 828 and 777
Winemaker Notes 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.
Oak Plan 40% New French Oak
 

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Lorenzo
1 1 1 1 1 (Feb 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM)

Holy Sh-T! this Pinot is good! My girlfriend & her gymnastics friends all had this wine served to us at Dinner at the Union Hotel Restaurant in Santa Rosa...very good & smooth! Where can I buy???

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