2009 Morris Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Morris Ranch Vineyard
California: Sonoma Coast
Very Highly Recommended, today’s single-vineyard 2009 Coleman Nicole Morris Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a wine that we encourage you to consider.
Made by longtime Wine Spies Operative favorite winemaker, Jason Moore, this wine is juicy, elegant and uber-delicious. Jason has stunned us with his wines, in the past, breaking sales records and creating many satisfied Operatives. Jason currently makes wines for Coleman Nicole, Modus Operandi, Gentleman Farmer (formerly Poem Cellars), Cielo Malibu Estate Vineyards, RHEO Cellars, and Ashton Lockett Wines. Today makes the first time we have featured a Pinot Noir made by Jason. We wonder why we waited so long!
This wine is bursting with a wonderful compliment of flavors, with an elegant feel and an ultra-long finish that will delight and impress you. Pair this very food-friendly wine with nearly any chicken, fish or pork disk. Be sure to stock up - if you love wonderful Pinot Noir.
Beautiful dark maroon hues, with perfect clarity, a slightly darker heart and pretty pink edging. Swirl the wine and it settles very quickly, leaving behind skinny legs the descend, slowly, from midway up the glass wall.
Fragrant fruit and earthiness abound, with dark cherry, strawberry and raspberry, layering atop dark minerals, damp earth, dried leaves, subtle spice candy and a hint of gunpowder.
Bright, sweet cherry, cranberry, strawberry, raspberry and cassis combine with soft, sweet spice, flint, dusty bramble, gunpowder and subtle dried cherry.
Ultra long and filled with juicy red fruits that very gradually yield to earthy flavors of spice, bramble and minerals. As the fruit fades, a soft dryness spreads from the edges of the palate, inward.
Enjoy this delicious Pinot Noir with a pepper crusted ahi steak or your favorite pork dish in a cherry reduction!
What the Winery Says
It starts with nature producing exceptional Pinot Noir grapes in an ideal climate and soil. Meticulously farmed, handpicked, softly punched down by hand, and gravity fed to French oak barrels, the grapes are nurtured with an unparalleled attention to detail and care resulting in a masterpiece for your cellar or table.
We worked hard on finding a vineyard that is not only in the right location in the Petaluma Gap but also one that has the right mix of clones and farming practices. This Morris Ranch Pinot Noir is lower in alcohol and higher in acid than most California Pinot Noir’s. It is food friendly and will age nicely in the cellar for five to eight years.
– Brandon Miller, Proprietor
The 2009 vintage has aromas and flavors of fresh red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and touches of cranberry, spiced with cinnamons and clove. Blended with these red fruits and spice, there is a hint of earth with characteristics of wet tilled soil, mushrooms and slight camp smoke on the finish. Overall, this is a clean and well balanced, fruit forward style pinot noir which pairs wonderfully with salmon and other fish, tangy cheeses, pork, duck, turkey and lamb dishes. It also bridges wonderfully with mushrooms. A favorite pairing of the tasting room is with Humboldt Fog Cheese.
- Vineyard Details
- 100% Morris Ranch
- Clones Used
- Pommard 5, Dijon 777
- Vineyard Location
- 38°16’10.53”N 122°35’28.46”W Click for Google Map
- Harvest Date
- September 24th, 2009
- Brix at Harvest
- 25.5 Brix
- Percentage New French Oak
- 50% New Burgundian, Damy, Cadus, Remond, Francois Freres
- Barrel Aging
- 17 months
- Bottling Date
- February 15th, 2011
- Cases Produced
About the Winery
As Coleman Nicole Pinot Noir winemakers we are simply passionate about wine. Our goal is to make small lot Pinot Noir from single vineyard sources and to make it with the utmost care - a goal of making the every day wine drinker a connoisseur when they experience what a wine can taste like when there’s only eight barrels made.
We’re looking forward to putting Coleman Nicole on your table, please enjoy!
Winemaker Brandon Miller
My passion for wine has filtered into every part of my life - from family dinners where wine was usually on the dinner table to vacations centered around wine and of course a wedding with a wine theme. A Burgundy first hooked me on Pinot Noir and a 2002 Truckee River Winery Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir was my epiphany. Friends and family began to drop hints that maybe it was time that I should use my passion and knowledge to get into the business and start my own label.
In early 2008 I formulated a business plan and put the word out to friends in the industry that I would be looking for grapes. There were a few possibilities but nothing that really got my juices flowing. I wanted to make a Sonoma Coast or Russian River Pinot Noir and everyone I called was contracted out. Then I received a phone call from my friend Jason Moore. James Hall (Patz and Hall) had some Sonoma Coast grapes for sale and was willing to take us out to the vineyard. We went, liked what we saw, and with a hand shake to Mr. Hall I was officially “In The Business!”