2009 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Pommard Clones ~ 750ml

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96 points - Pinot Report

92 points - Wine Spectator

Winemaker's Notes:

We’re doing it again! Not many California winemakers produce single-clone wines, and this one consistently shines as one of the best wines we produce. The 2009 vintage continues the tradition and won’t disappoint you.

After tasting the Pommard Clones from two of our vineyards, the Leras Family Vineyards off Woolsey Road in Russian River Valley and the Peters  Vineyard just outside of Sebastopol, we knew they were special. Each had the best characteristics of the Pommard Clone; deep flavors with rich mouth feel, and vibrant flavors unique to each site. While at first blending them was an  experiment, we were so pleased with the results that we cherry-pick the best  barrels from each lot and bottle them.

As with all of our Pinot Noir, we cold-soaked the grapes for three to four days and then introduced select yeasts. Once fermentation began, we hand-punched the must in open-top fermenters at least four times a day to keep the               temperature and oxygen at the right levels for the yeast to remain active. Once fermentation was over, the wine was gently pressed and aged for 12 months in Francois Frères oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

Medium Ruby  color. Opens to rhubarb, blueberry pie, toast and spice. Wild cherry berry flavor balanced with bright acidity, smooth tannins and minerals that should allow this full bodied wine to age well into the future. Drink now through 2019.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
Sep 6 0 Oct 3, 2009
Harvest Brix
24.2°- 26.2°
Residual Sugar
11 months in Francois Fréres French oak, 90% new, 10% 1 year old
520 cases

2009 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Pommard Clones ~ 750ml