2009 Roessler Pinot Noir, Griffin’s Lair, Sonoma Coast 750ml
Complex and dark, our Griffin’s Lair Pinot Noir shows off the classic character of this Sonoma Coast vineyard. The aromatic profile is full of dark, foresty scents and a meaty, savory character with just enough eucalyptus, fennel, and mint to add lift. Bright fruit on the palate joins the darker tones from the nose, providing a broad mouthfeel that stretches through a lingering finish of currant, earth tones, and leather.
The Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is located on a windy hill in the Petaluma Gap, overlooking the San Pablo Bay in the southernmost part of Sonoma Coast. With 22 acres in all, 17 acres of Griffin’s Lair is devoted to Pinot Noir. Facing east/southeast, the fruit receives morning sun, fresh breezes from the bay, and cool moisture from the fog that creeps inland. Meticulously tended vines ensure our Griffin’s Lair fruit is consistently dense and complex.
2009 Roessler Pinot Noir Savoy, Anderson Valley 750ml
Dark fruit, rose petal and hints of spicy oak greet the nose while expansive blackberry, mushroom, and dried herbs build on the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy and persistent with textured tannins framing the lush fruit through a long, balanced finish.
Rising from the valley floor along gently rolling hillsides, Savoy Vineyard’s southern exposure is a great complement to Anderson Valley’s naturally perfect soils. Found northwest of the town of Philo, the vineyard was planted in the foothills, its rows waving across the gentle slopes and knolls of the land. Cloaked by these hills, the vines feel less of the ocean breeze and enjoy slightly warmer temperatures than nearby vineyards. The resulting fruit is serious and dark with solid structure and ageability, while crisp acidity leads to vibrance and vigor.
2009 Roessler Pinot Noir, Clos Pepe, Sta. Rita Hills 750ml
This wine brims with personality, expressing voluminous subtleties on the nose: baking spices, forest floor, dried meats and leather. A palate of powerful black cherry is bolstered by fresh acidity and rides along fine, structured tannins through a luxuriously long finish.
The Pepe family farms its 25 acres of Pinot Noir sustainably and meticulously. Steve and Catherine Pepe work with a single, devoted vineyard team year round to care for the vines, from winter pruning to autumn harvest. The vineyard’s tierra sandy loam soils are rich in calcium and calcareous shale, producing low-vigor vines and a lowyield crop of mineral- laden, intensely flavored fruit. Normal yields are 1-2 tons per acre of Pinot Noir, less than half the yield that is allowed in Burgundy’s Grand Cru AOC system.