Floodgate, now called Starscape, was our first Russian River vineyard and 2009 was our first year getting this fruit. The 2009 Floodgate is holding up well moving towards a decade in the bottle. On the nose it has a little funk that blends earthy notes with dark fruit aromatics. There is a rich creamsicle note that is in contrast to the twiggy and dried fall leaves component. The wine is lighter on the palate than the aromatics might suggest. It’s a medium weight with light tannins and a good bit of acid at its core giving it a long complex finish. On the palate you get new aromatics and flavors that evoke tobacco and leather mixed with strawberry and cranberry flavors. The overall affect is a rich wine that has become soft and silky as the tannins have softened over time. This is a good wine to pair with medium weight dishes that might mirror the rich, complex, aromatics in the glass. A very good example of a Pinot that has gained palate weight with the influence of the bottle characteristics that has remained bright and lively as it has softened up over time. Drink now through 2020.
Tasting note updated 3.12.18