To achieve a style of wine we believe delivers varietal and regional integrity we undertake a careful, methodical exercise in blending. In late winter, after all our lots have completed malolactic fermentation and have been resting in small French oak barrels, we begin the search for our “Carneros” bottling. In tasting through our barreled Pinot Noir we are above all looking for those lots that show a balance of tannin and acid, fruit flavors that while rich, dark-red and complex, are not overblown or leaning toward the burnt jam style of Pinot you sometimes see. Our Carneros bottling delivers distinctive Pinot Noir character in a wine of power, grace and elegance.
Wine Advocate 87 Points
The 2009 Pinot Noir is a tasty, entry-level wine bursting with ripe red fruit and sweet spices. There is nothing fancy here, just a tasty, forward wine meant to be enjoyed over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.-AG
Wine Spectator 88 Points
Complex, detailed and understated, this delivers a trim mix of black cherry, wild berry and mineral notes. Medium- to full-bodied, ending with a touch of cedar and graphite. Drink now through 2016. 9,226 cases made. –JL
Burghound 88 Points
A ripe, pretty and attractively airy nose features aromas of violets, plum and lightly spiced black cherry. There is very good richness to the fresh and vibrant flavors that possess a lovely texture before terminating in a dusty and clean finish of acceptable depth and length.