2009 Russian River Pinot Noir
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
The Purple Dress
Highly Recommended, today’s 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, from our dear friends at *Deerfield Ranch Winery**, is a balanced California meets Burgundy delight!
Supple, layered, flavor-filled and very aromatic, today’s wine transports the drinker to Burgundy. If Burgundy were in the Russian River Valley. Or is it the other way around? The point we are trying to make here, is that this wine finds a delightful balance between the best that both of these two distinct Pinot-producing worlds have to offer.
A tad shy, at first, the wine comes alive after thirty or more minutes of decanting - or a bunch of hearty, in the glass swirling. Enjoy now, or cellat this food-friendly wine for the next several years.
Garnet coloration, from the slightly darker core out the wine, out to its pale brackish edge. Tightly spaced, skinny legs fall from high on the glass wall after a hearty swirl.
Lush and layered, with candied black cherry, blackberry, dusty bramble, ripe strawberry in the lead. As the wine airs, it begins to reveal follow-on aromas of pink peppercorn, tilled soil, supple leather and cranberry.
Dark cherry, underripe blackberry, dark chocolate and espresso bean are well out in front. Decant for thirty minutes or more and flavors come alive. Additional flavors also emerge, including smoky raspberry, subtle cigar box, brown tobacco leaf and dried cranberry.
Long and bright, with loads of tart fruit that lead to darker, earthen favors and black pepper. As the flavors fade, a soft dryness spreads throughout the palate, beginning at the tip of the tongue and working rearward.