The nose offers stone fruit aromas of peach, nectarine and papaya, supported by additional layers of kiwi, strawberry, raspberry and rose petal. The bright tropical elements continue on the palate, alongside red-fruit layers of pomegranate and cranberry that underscore the wine’s 100 percent Pinot Noir composition.
The 2009 harvest began at a measured pace in our Confluence and Gowan Creek vineyards, before the arrival of a ten-day heat wave. This heat wave was beneficial for two main reasons. Not only did it push the fruit in the warmer end of our valley to perfect ripeness, it allowed the vineyards in the colder “deep end” to catch up from a cool growing season. Just as important, the heat was followed by an extended cool-down, which essentially “held” the fruit in perfect balance as we picked block by block to garner the best wines.