The 2009 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir strikes a perfect balance between the earthy and fruity elements exhibited by Pinot Noir grape. The color is light ruby and the first aromas out of the glass are cedar and mixed spices with a loamy character that evokes dried leaves. In the background are light cherry aromas and a hint of cola, which is often present in Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. On the palate you sense bright cherry and strawberry. The tannins are surprisingly supple for such a young wine so we expect this to be a seductive wine with some time in bottle. That silkiness persists on the finish and the medium finish leans towards the earthy qualities of the wine. Ideal growing conditions of 2009 helped us pick fruit with good acid levels which helps stretch out the finish and positions this wine as a great accompaniment to white meats, fish and dishes with similarly earthy flavors.
Please note, given the limited quantity of wine available, this wine is not eligible for an Industry nor Cartograph Circle discount.