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Drink now through 2019.
This third year of the continuing California drought stressed available water resources. Some frost occurred in early April but an ideal spring contributed to a good fruit set of mostly tiny clusters. A uniform growing season slowly intensified color and ripeness, only to be interrupted by summer Central Coast offshore winds and heat which brought many varieties quickly to maximum Brix levels. Skipping Labor Day, the vineyard crew harvested Pinot Noir and Anna’s Syrah on Sept. 1st, Rhone whites and Grenache on Sept. 4th and 5th, followed by Cabernet and Zinfandel in the 3rd week of Sept.. Portuguese varieties, Mourvedre and Nebbiolo were harvested at months end, just in time to miss incoming storms. All in all 2009 was an excellent vintage for all of our 23 varieties, but compressed within 4 short weeks, a flurry of organized chaos
A brilliant magenta color, with a bit of aeration, the young wine develops an aromatic note of savory rhubarb and freshly brewed tea. The knit texture and delicate flavors of ripe cherry and subtle sandalwood incense smoke, spice-like flavors of nutmeg and allspice showcase classic varietal characteristic. An early maturing vintage, this Pinot is best enjoyed in to 2015.