When you ask about the wine varietal that the Carneros appellation is most notable for, Pinot Noir invariably comes to mind. This vintage combines the ripeness of the 2007 with the complexity of the 2008. The 2009 Pinot Noir exudes darker Satsuma plum fruit or dark cherry nuance over a coffee-like foundation. Hints of clove and nutmeg come to mind. This may be one of the best Pinots we have produced, with depth and liveliness that foretells a long happy life. A sophisticated wine with a silky, lingering finish.
This wine highlights classic Carneros fruit: pomegranate, plum and cherry fruit flavors, balanced by nuances of coffee and toffee. The multiple layers of flavors lead to a silky finish that lingers on the palate. More and more people have discovered what longtime Pinot Noir aficionados have always agreed: that Pinot Noir is the most versatile red wine and pairs beautifully with many foods.