Kanzler Vineyards 2009 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir
Elegant. Complex. Arresting. Layered fruit with a classic finish.
Deep ruby in color. Dark cherry and raspberry fruits up front with a layered and complex mid-palette of blueberry, plum and citrus. A hint of rose, a whiff of chocolate, a dash of spice, a trace of earth on the nose with a long, lingering, classic finish of soft tannins and nicely balanced acidity.
First pick Sept. 22. Last fruit was harvested on Oct. 12
An elegant and structured wine with a complex and layered mid-palette. Soft but firm tannins and good acidity. A great standalone wine or an excellent food companion.
Mother Nature was much gentler in the spring of 2009. The vineyard bounced back nicely from from the heavy frosts of spring 2008 and the rest of the growing season was generally mild. Earlier than usual fall rains caused some anxious moments.
Crush had been proceeding at leisurely pace due to the mild growing season and in the first week of October over half the fruit was still hanging on the vine. That all changed quickly as early rains hit and it became a rush to get the fruit off the vine and safely into the winery.
The wine was aged on its lies in all french oak (30% new) for 15 months before blending and bottling without fining or filtering.
Kanzler Vineyards made a nice recovery from the devastating Spring 2008 frosts. A mild growing season let the fruit ripen slowly and the rains held off just long enough for it to reach full maturity. The result is a balanced wine with excellent structure and complexity.