Once the fruit has reached full maturity with a perfect balance between brix and acid, and fruit and tannin, it is hand-picked and brought to the winery in small 25 pound totes. In 2009, very little sorting was necessary and fermentation began without inoculation. Once dry, the free-run juice is moved via gravity into both new (20%) and neutral French Oak barrels. Barrels are custom made for us in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests, which we feel allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through. After 12 months, Véronique selects the most representative barrels for our Willamette Valley cuvée.
In the Willamette Valley, 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. Harvested: September 24 - October 10 Bottled: December 2010 Released: Spring 2011 Production: 10,490 cases
The 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is deep and vibrant, with brilliant color and excellent clarity. Aromatically, the wine is quite open, even opulent - a mix of velvety rose petals, violets and spices. On the palate, the texture is lush and mouth-coating, but well-balanced. Together, they provide definition and intensity, followed by refined, silky tannins. The finish is quite long, with beautiful cherry notes, reminding me of fresh cobbler in the peak of summer. While the ‘09 will age quite well, it is to my personal taste, delicious to drink today. - Véronique Drouhin-Boss, January, 2011