All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked and hand-sorted, de-stemmed, and then allowed to ferment at its own pace. Typically in barrel for 15 months, Louise maintains its sense of place and vintage character through a gentle élévage and the use of only 20% new French oak. Our goal is to produce Pinot Noir with balance, elegance, and finesse, and Louise best exemplifies these qualities.
In the Dundee Hills, 2009 will be remembered as an exceptionally long growing season that ended in a relatively relaxed, even harvest. The accumulated heat throughout the season, in addition to a September heat spike, yielded wines with full fruit character - powerful, but balanced. Much like 2004 and 2006, these are wines that have an immediate charm but will age gracefully.
The '09 Louise has a vibrant, dark ruby color. On the palate, one tastes the darker fruits: cassis, dark cherries, blackberry. It has a very lush, almost candied nose, and is fully engaging. The texture is lovely, and also lush, with beautiful, elegant round tannins. The mouthfeel is excellent, and in fact, mouth-coating. It has the bright acidity and long spicy finish that I would hope for, and overall, this Louise seems young, lively, and happy. It delivers many nuances now, despite being so young. I expect it should age for 12-15 years, but if you want to enjoy it now, I recommend decanting for an hour.