• 87 points - Wine Enthusiast, June 2013

Corkscrew pinot noir 2009

Source: Single Vineyard. 667, 777 and Swan clones.

Aromas: Bing cherries. Violets. White pepper.

Flavors: Persian black cherries. Blackberry fruit-roll-up. Hint of cocoa and plum chutney.

Adjectives: Structured. Observant. Thoughtful.

Pairings: Fennel salami. Steak tartare with quail eggs.

Cases Produced: 100

Barrel aging: French 50% new, 40% 1-year-old, 10% 2+year-old.

Alcohol: 15.2%

Released: September 2011

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.