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2009

Pinot Noir

Ulises Valdez Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Cerise in color, this stately pinot noir is a quintessential portrait of assertiveness and refinement in harmony. Aromas of black cherry, violets, and white pepper lead to a firmly structured velvety palate exploding with dark fruits, spice, cola, and subtle notes of almond oil. A seductive finish intertwines oak and firm tannins with balanced acidity for a long memorable finish. Alcohol 14.4%

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94 points Wine Spectator

“A fragrant, delicate style, exhibiting violet, red berry and black­berry fruit scents, with touches of black cherry and wild berry. Full-bodied and spicy, ending with a mouthwatering minerality. Drink now through 2018.”
James Laube

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright ruby.  High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, blood orange, Asian spices and fresh rose.  Bright red berry flavors are framed by silky tannins and complemented by notes of cinnamon, allspice and cracked pepper.  The fresh, extremely persistent finish displays lively minerality and floral character.  This pure, vivacious pinot should age well on its balance. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 18

Harvest Brix 25.4°

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
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
•  Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011