2009 Bailiwick Russian River Pinot Noir
"Our Russian River Valley AVA wine draws from two highly regarded vineyards that contribute distinctly different characteristics. 57% of the fruit came from the Maurice Galante Vineyard that lies along Cherry Ridge Road, in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and the remaining 43% comes from the O'Neel Vineyard along Hall Road in the plain of Santa Rosa."
"The Russian River Valley saw a near ideal year in 2009, with perfect conditions in September of warm afternoons and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen to their fullest while retaining their acids. This wine is a medium dark, luscious example of classic Russian River Valley pinot noir. Complex aromas of dried cherry, mushrooms, and grapefruit flow out of the glass. On first taste, a focused cherry core expands into mouth-filling flavors of red plum and cola. The lengthy finish reveals hints of cinnamon and leather. This wine provides layers of flavor and a nuanced complexity that rewards slow savoring. We call it our "meat and potatoes" Pinot, as it pairs perfectly with grilled meats and herb roasted potatoes." - Winery
"The Galante and O'Neel vineyards were picked within days of each other, in mid-September. Clusters were hand-sorted to remove damaged or under-ripe fruit. Grapes were fully de-stemmed without crushing into small open top fermenters, and chilled with dry ice. The must was cold-soaked for 3 days, after which two distinct yeast strains were introduced to begin fermentation. The fermenting must received three gentle punchdowns a day. After completing fermentation, the wine macerated on the skins to develop aromatics and soften the tannins. We pressed the wine off into French oak cooperage selected for elements of spice and earthiness. The wine was racked in Spring 2010 and the final blend made around Labor Day. The wine was bottled in March 2011 after spending 17 months in the barrel." - Winery