2009 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes A hint of graphite sets off aromas of dried rose petals, marionberries, sour cherry chutney, cloves and a touch of roasted coffee beans. All of this merges seamlessly into a rich and savory composition of quince paste, toasted walnuts, dark chocolate covered cherries, fennel and tangerine oil. The silky tannins, zippy spices and acidity carry the weight of this wine effortlessly to the persistent finish.
Winemaking Data The estate Quarter Moon Vineyard is located in closer proximity to the coastal influences than our other estate plantings and therefore exposed to more extreme wind and slightly cooler temperatures during the growing season. These factors may explain dark color, rustic tannins and the characteristic blue and black fruit flavors that tend to define the wines from this site. This limited-production offering is the result of two special fermentations, both 100% Calera selection. One wine was whole cluster fermented in a small oak open-top tank and punched down by hand, while the other was whole berry fermented with 50% clusters added in a stainless steel tank without macerations for the first week, followed by one or two punch downs per day until the desired texture was achieved.
Vintage Notes The 2009 growing season was slow and cool, producing wines with impeccable balance. The year started with good rains lasting into the beginning of May. Budbreak was normal in mid-March and temperatures were moderate to cold throughout spring. Vines did not endure frost damage in 2009 and bloom took place between May 23 - June 8. Temperatures through August were quite normal, with cool nights and foggy days, helping the vines to mature and develop flavor, color and tannin slowly and evenly. Pinot Noir veraison took place early to mid-August and once the warmer temperatures of September arrived, ripening kicked into high gear. Pinot Noir generally has a short harvest window, but 2009 was special; the harvest continued for a slow and steady 3 - 4 weeks, finishing well before the mid-October rains.
93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard is a big, rich wine loaded with sweet black fruit. Expressive aromatic nuances are woven throughout, giving the wine much of its lift and vibrancy. Firm tannins frame the long, polished finish. This wonderfully complete wine is firing on all cylinders. (Feb. 2012)
92 Points - James Suckling
Plums, nutmeg, chocolate, and flower aromas. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and a fruity finish. Tight and structured. (June 2012)
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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 10 & 21, 2009
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in 67% new and 33% two-to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in April 2011.