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Awards & Reviews:

  • 90 points, Wine Enthusiast, June, 2013
  • Gold medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • 90 points, Wine Advocate, Dec., 2013
"The dark ruby-colored 2009 Pinot Noir was made from Dijon clones 667, 777 and the old Joseph Swan clone. Its distinctive bouquet of root beer, black cherries and damp earth is followed by a wine with an attractive mouthfeel, good suppleness, a voluminous texture and excellent purity as well as ripeness. Reminiscent of a Chambolle-Musigny or Morey-St.-Denis from France’s Cote de Nuits, this well-made, promising Pinot Noir should drink well for 3-6 years. I would love to see more wines such as this." - Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Azari

2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Notes:

Black cherry, fennel, and cocoa aromas in the nose exude characteristics classic of the northern California coast. Tea, mushrooms, and dark berries dominate the palate of this Pinot Noir. We recommend decanting this wine before enjoying in its young age.

The Vineyards:

100% estate Azari Vineyard, located 5 miles west of downtown Petaluma. This rocky vineyard site is separated into two blocks composed of 667, 777 and Swan clones.

Harvest 2009:

2009 was the opposite of 2008. Bud's broke early in March and the frost stayed away. The summer consisted of cooler than normal weather but delayed rains allowed grapes to ripen until late September. This prolonged ripening allowed for more complex flavors and richer tannin structure. These wines will undoubtedly compete strongly with the outstanding 2007 vintage.

Technical Notes:

Barrel Description: 30% new, 30% 1 year old, 40% 2 years+

Barrel Aged: 10 months

Alcohol: 14.2%

Release Date: January 2013

Production: 80 Cases