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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Russian River, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
Item no. 117425
Planted in 2001 to my own Pinot Noir clone, UCD 37 (aka Merry's selection), the development of this vineyard has been a rewarding journey for Ken and me. The tiny berries and small clusters characteristic of this selection result in a rich, dense wine of expressive character. The location of this property on Laguna Ridge places it squarely in the heart of Russian River Valley, within 10 miles of the Pacific Ocean and its cooling afternoon breezes.
The deep, dark color of this wine heralds the intensity of the 2009 vintage. Expansive and bold, it virtually explodes out of the glass with masses of scrumptious dark fruit - Santa Rosa plum, blackberry and Bing cherry. Accents of licorice, cocoa bean and perfumed cassis add depth along with underlying notes of earth, cola and toasty oak. This Pinot is a mouthful, packed with ripe, juicy tannins that are fine grained and rich. It possesses an innate lively character and great overall balance. Structure like this will allow continued development far into the future.
The vineyard is in the coolest part of the valley, the southerly part Merry Edwards calls the Golden Triangle. The wine is dry, tannic, bright in acidity and insanely rich. Just floods the mouth with cherry, cola, anise, pomegranate and mulberry flavors, with an earthiness suggesting mushrooms. Just great now, with decanting, and will easily develop in the bottle through 2020.
This firm, ripe Pinot features blackberry, black licorice, mineral, berry jam and floral scents, leading to a full body. Well-structured, ending with tight, minerally edge. Drink now through 2018. 730 cases made.