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2009

Pinot Noir

Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

Deep ruby in color, it is perfumed with violets, bright Bing cherry and clean earth. The palate is firmly structured, opening with perfectly ripened raspberry and red fruits that yield to undertones of forest floor and orange pekoe. Firm, youthful tannins are joined by notes of clove and white pepper to create a lasting finish. Alcohol 14.4%

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96 points Wine Advocate

“Extraordinary.  Fresh cut flowers, roses, spices, mint and black cherries are some of the many nuances that flow from this layered, textured Pinot.  The 2009 Lindsay possesses marvelous depth and richness form start to finish.  Finesse and power – this dazzling Pinot has it all. ”
Antonion Galloni

94 points Wine Spectator

“An elegant, graceful young Pinot, with perfumed ripe plum, blackberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. Full-bodied, ending with a long, tapered finish and a pleasantly subtle tannic backbone. Drink now through 2019. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 16 - 18

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 16 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in François Frères and Remond French oak barrels; 67% new
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011