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2009

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

A deep, garnet hue provides a striking prelude to an aromatic symphony of black raspberry, vanilla and fresh-baked brioche. The palate, silky and well-balanced, weaves together fresh-picked blackberry, dark red cherry and anise with floral notes. Plum and boysenberry harmonize with Darjeeling tea over the long, expressive finish supported by firm, round tannins. Alcohol 14.4%

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91 points Wine Spectator

“Complex and layered, with loamy earth, roasted coffee, spice, sage and cedar flavors that are well-distributed and focused.  The flavor themes repeat on the finish.  Best from 2012 through 2020. ”
James Laube

92 points Wine Advocate

“A gorgeous, mid-weight wine layered with expressive red berries, flowers and sweet spices.  Silky tannins frame an exceptionally polished, refined finish.  This is another flat-out beautiful wine from Paul Hobbs.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 10 – October 6

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, 15 day total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 50% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2010