100% Pinot Noir
70% New, 30% Second French oak
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Featuring both hillside and valley floor plantings, Confluence Vineyard is one of the most diverse properties in our Estate portfolio—and the warmest. In 2009, this resulted in a powerful wine with gorgeous fruit and spice layers, as well as more sophisticated elements of pennyroyal, cola and moist, dark earth. Though there is excellent acidity and abundant high-tone red fruit notes, as the wine develops it reveals power and depth with more dark berry and chocolate layers that lead to a long mineral and spice finish.
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.