|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 25, 2009|
|Fermentation:||Cold soaked for eight days, with indigenous yeast fermentation lasting almost two weeks|
|Bottling Date:||March 3, 2011|
This alluring and hedonistic wine has amazing extract and purity of fruit focus. Vibrant aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry and raspberry soufflé harmonize with floral and East-Indian spice notes. The heady aromas lead into equally vibrant flavors of Bing cherry, raspberry and brown sugar. On the palate, the wine’s juicy mouthfeel is supported by centered acidity building with fruit through the mid-palate, to the fine grain tannins on the finish.
The Anderson Valley experienced its third successive drought in the winter of 2008 and spring of 2009. The colder than average temperatures in spring pushed the season back by almost three weeks at flowering and fruit set. The summer was cool and dry with low mildew and rot pressure. Temperatures warmed in July and August, helping to create a very even verasion and setting the stage for a great vintage. Yields were below average and the stressed vines produced grapes with exceptional color with vibrant acidity and balance. We are very excited about the 2009 vintage—it may be our best yet!
Located north of Philo, Rich Savoy has been farming Pinot Noir from this vineyard in the Anderson Valley for 20 years. We vinify five clones of Pinot Noir (Calera, Dijon 113,115, Martini 13 and Pommard) separately and select only the best barrels for our single vineyard wine. This wine offers dark and complex blackberry, with mineral and orange peel notes. It tends to be a bit earthier than our Russian River or Sonoma Coast wines. It is massively structured and will be the slowest wine to evolve, offering a great reward for those with six to eight years of patience.