VINTAGE - 2009
APPELLATION - SONOMA COAST, SONOMA COUNTY, NORTH COAST, CALIFORNIA.
Planted in 1996, Kanzler Vineyard is located at the bottom of a very long east facing slope of Goldrigde soil in the Sebastopol Hills between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. The orientation of the vineyard provides just enough warmth to fully ripen the grapes consistently year after year.
All of the pinot noir is hand-harvest in the vineyard, then sorted multiple times before a five day cold soak in open top fermentors. This extended cold soak enhances the color and flavors in the wine without imparting bitter flavors thanks to the absence of alcohol. We also practice a partial whole cluster fermentation leaving about 15-20% of the clusters intact which imparts a complex structure and spicy notes to the wine. The 2009 vintage was marked by a very long moderate growing season for Pinot Noir. All of our Pinot Noir was harvested before the torrential rains that occurred on October 13th. This Blend is comprised of 57% 667, 29% Pommard and 14% 115.
Rich plum and red raspberry with hints of rose petal and spice on the nose. A silky entry with crushed herbs and forest floor lead to good acidity, structure and palate weight ending with fine-grained tannins and a long finish.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION - 100% PINOT NOIR
Barrel Regime Aged in French Oak
Bottling Date August 2010
Release Date Spring 2011