2009 Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir Blocks 4 and 5 and 25 are located along Redwood Creek, west of the town of Napa.  The elevation is between 200 and 220 feet above sea level.  The soil is thin loam on a solid rock base.  The climate is moderated by morning fog, and the surrounding hills protect these blocks from the afternoon maritime breeze.   The St. George roots were grafted with the Dijon 115 clone, a Joseph Swan field selection and UCD Clone 12.  The vines were planted between 1993 and 1998, cordon trained and spur pruned.   A six-foot, modified vertical trellis system supports the cordons and canopy.  Average production is approximately 2 tons per acre and harvest is usually between August 25 and September 1. 

In 2009, bud break in the Pinot Noir Blocks occurred on March 28.  Bloom was completed by mid-May, and veraison was complete by July 28.  Harvest was September 1-2 with an average yield of 1.5 tons per acre.  Alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately one week using natural yeasts.  At dryness, the wine was pressed and put into barrels for malolactic fermentation.   Aging was 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, approximately 50% of which were new.

Mouthwatering complex aromas of cherries, berries, plums, leather and spice. On the palate, this wine has more ripe cherries and berries balanced by a fine-grained tannin structure.   Long finish.  Grilled New Zealand lamb chops would be perfect with this versatile wine. Will also work well with all of the classic pairings for Pinot Noir, from seared duck breast, wild mushroom pizza, or a cedar-planked salmon, or a even a simple weeknight roasted chicken.  A surprisingly rich, flavorful wine.  Decant if you have time.


Alcohol: 13.8 %.
799 cases produced


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