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Drink now through 2018.
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 September. Portuguese varietal, Nebbiolo was harvested at months end, just in time to miss the 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.
These precocious young vines don’t act their age due to their heritage clone cutting origins. The wine is plump and full-throated, a deep ruby color leading to a beguiling nose of ripe blueberries enlivened with cracked pepper and clove-like spiciness. Continued research brings to mind wild briary fruit, think raspberries dusted with paprika. Bright and hedonistic through 2015.