2009 Ketcham Estate Russian River Pinot Noir
"Aromatics: Deep and profound with red fruits, highlighted by raspberry, strawberry, with hints of warm spice. There are the signature sassafras and mineral nuances with flint, nutmeg, and a touch of clean earth. Palate: The palate is rich and medium/full-bodied. The layers of flavor are focused and pure. Dark red fruits including blackberries, ripe raspberries pair well with the higher toned red currant notes."
"This Pinot Noir possesses the vineyard's trademark depth, intensity, power and breadth, and not at the sacrifice of nuance or complexity. It shows firm acidity, with good balance and structure. The 2009 vintage is showing more elegantly and aromatic than in years past and this wine portrays that elegance on the palate, which we think is an exciting combination. This is a delightful Pinot Noire to pair with a range of fine foods." -Winery
"The Russian River Valley is where our heart and home are when it comes to the Pinot Noirs we make and love. Our wines embody the unique qualities that only Russian River Valley can offer - that wonderful blend of spices, sassafras, red and dark fruits and the beautiful balance that are incontrovertibly present in every bottle of our Pinot Noir."
"Ketcham Estate wines are from our 17-acre vineyard property just off of Eastside Road, in Healdsburg, CA. The property has many microclimates across the vineyard, due mostly to the cooling westerly winds and a variety of soil structures, built from the vineyards proximity to our winding creek that borders the eastern and southern perimeter. This diversity, as well as the many Dijon and Pommard clones provide the wine with broad flavor profiles, great depth and structure. Our 'Old Vine' Pommard-4 block is over 25 years old, the oldest on the vineyard." -Winery
This was also rated 87 points by the Wine Enthusiast.