Newer clonal plantings are now driving the aromas of ripe black cherries, honeysuckle blossom, sassafras and mineral. Those aromas then translate to concentrated flavors of maraschino cherries, strawberry/rhubarb […]Read More
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Newer clonal plantings are now driving the aromas of ripe black cherries, honeysuckle blossom, sassafras and mineral. Those aromas then translate to concentrated flavors of maraschino cherries, strawberry/rhubarb pie, root beer, fresh spices and forest floor. This extremely feminine and complex wine is complemented by sweet, toasty oak tannin and vibrant acidity in the finish. These thin hillside soils have added an enormous amount of depth and complexity to the 2009 vintage wine. I anticipate seeing even greater vintages down the road.
2009 produced magnificent wines, to rival those of 2007, expressing the individuality of the sites on which they were grown with intense flavors and perfumed aromas. Following the hardships of the 2008 growing season, late winter and spring of 2009 were unseasonably warm with little precipitation. Bud break occurred early March and unlike 2008, frost was not a problem. Berry set was even, benefitting from ideal daytime temperatures around 70F-75F, despite early May rains. Some bunch-stem necrosis was evident on our vineyards, resulting in loss of yields. The summer months were characterized by cooler than average weather, aided by morning fog, with very few heat spikes during the fruit ripening stage of the vine growth cycle. This resulted in intense flavor and aroma development, good acidity and phenolic development in tune with sugar accumulation. Warmer weather in late August ensured optimal ripeness culminating in harvest commencing in earnest by the Labor Day weekend. A warm September ensured that all Pinot Noir (Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Central Coast), Zinfandel and Chardonnay were picked before the mid-October rains that played havoc with later ripening varieties. Moderate yields delivered wines of exceptional color, flavors, and aromas with balanced acidity and tannins. As in 2007, the wines convey their unique characters in a vivid, precise and evocative manner. The 2009 vintage is one of the finest I have experienced in my 31 vintages at a commercial winery.