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2009 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Wine Specs
Vintage
2009
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Arroyo Grande Valley
Vineyard Designation
Rosemary's Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 13-September 10, 2009
Aging
19 months
Fermentation
35% new barrels
Bottling Date
March, 2011
Robert Parker
95
Stephen Tanzer's
93

2009 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

Arroyo Grande Valley

On the palate there are delicate flavors of black fruit and minerals. The texture is silky with a lean texture that finishes long with graceful tannins.

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This wine has layered aromas of rose petals, black currant, and mushroom, with subtle hints of lavender. On the palate there are delicate flavors of black fruit and minerals. The texture is silky with a lean texture that finishes long with graceful tannins. This wine pairs well with meat dishes such as rack of lamb and pan-seared duck breast.

Wine Profile
Ratings
93+ Points. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Vibrant ruby-red.  A heady bouquet evokes red berry and floral qualities, along with suave incense and herb nuances.  Deep, focused and pure, with outstanding power to its raspberry, cherry and candied rose flavors.  Becomes spicier and smokier with air and closes with superb focus and lingering florality.  Impeccably balanced pinot with the depth and structure to reward long-term cellaring.

92 Points. 7th Place California Grapevine. Medium ruby; attractive, intense, smoky, cranberry and cherry fruit aroma with hints of mushrooms and forest floor; medium-full to full body; big, concentrated, textured, firmly structured, black cherry and dark berry fruit flavors; medium-full tannin with some grip on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.2% alcohol; 376 cases; 100% PN; released September 2011. (Group Score: 16.4, 1/0/1; My Score: 17 [92/100], seventh place)
Vineyard Notes
The 2009 year began with a cold winter which led to some frost damage. Bud break was very even and the remainder of the year was marked by mild temperatures and healthy, even vine growth. An intense heat wave occurred in early September causing many grapes to ripen simultaneously. The harvest in the Arroyo Grande Valley was slightly larger than average and the quality of the fruit was exceptional with concentrated, intense flavors.
Winemaker Notes
Hand harvested estate pinot noir grapes from Rosemary's Vineyard, fermented with native yeasts in open top fermentors.
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