Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 70% New, 30% Second Vintage French oak; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
This is a showstopper—rich, round, dense and intense, with perfumed, fresh fruit aromatics that also offer more brooding layers of flowers, meat, tobacco and toast. On the palate, this wine is opulent and elegant with rich cherry and berry flavors, underscored by notes of sweet sandalwood and bacon fat, all supported by a beam of Anderson Valley acidity that contributes to the wine’s focus, structure and exceptional length.
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.