The 2009 vintage is very high quality. The growing season
in Oregon was one of dramatic week-to-week temperature variability
with wide swings between record high and record low temperatures. A
couple of incidents of rain occurred over the Labor Day and
Columbus Day weekends but did not negatively impact grape quality.
A warm and dry harvest period gave way to cooler than expected
conditions in late September and early October, but fortunately the
majority of the fruit statewide was at or near optimum ripeness.
Even with a cooler end to the season, the cumulative growing degree
days for the 2009 vintage showed a 4-14% increase over 2008,
similar to the warm 2004 and 2006
From 100% organically-grown estate fruit.
20 months in French oak barrels (78% new, 22% 1
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
Appearance: deep garnet red
Aroma: spice, strawberry, toast, rose peatal, sweet raisin,
plum, brambleberry, mocha, light caramel, hazelnut
Flavor: cranberry, raspberry, cherry, orange citrus, dried
Mouthfeel: soft entry, medium body, long viscous
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