2009 Pinot Noir, Crane Vineyard, Sonoma Coast 750ml 2-Pack
Feminine, yet powerful, this fine pinot offers red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberry and red currant bound with those of licorice, black tea and caramel. Complex and inviting in the nose, sweet in the mouth, silky in the finish--what more do you need?
The Crane vineyard, (located at the base of Crane Canyon just south of Santa Rosa) benefits from cool breezes that sweep from Bodega Bay down through the ‘Petaluma Gap.’ Warm afternoons and cool evenings make for ripe flavors, abundant fruit aromas and bright acidity. Shallow alluvial soils and the Cranes’ commitment to dry farming, (no or minimal irrigation), guarantee concentrated flavors.
David Noyes produced the 2009 wine from the Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, and about 40% of the Italian 'Pinot Nero', clone 18. The Dijon clones give fruit and soft tannins the pinot nero, a wild berry and dark color.
2009 Pinot Noir Freestone Hill Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley 750ml 2-Pack
Rich and inviting, the 2009 Freestone Hill opens with aromas of pomegranate, smoke, iodine, and roasted nuts; the palate likewise explodes with flavor, ripe red fruits, mint, warm earth, caramel and toffee, all of which evolve into a finish reminiscent of concentrated raspberry preserve.
The Dutton's 'Freestone Hill' vineyard is located just west of Freestone and about a mile south of the old logging town of Occidental. The vineyard benefits, (or suffers, depending upon one's perspective), from cool, often wet spring weather that serves to slow shoot growth and impede set. This climate virtually insures tiny berries on small clusters, (low yields!). By late summer however the afternoons bake with the August sun that brings us Sonoma'ns out to the coast...The small berries ripen quickly and much care must be taken to harvest before they simply dry on the vine! When all goes well, as it did in 2009, the result is a concentrated, distinctive wine that combines the racy minerality of coastal fruit with the decadence of a sun-ripened blackberry picked on a lazy summer's day.