2009 Russian River Valley "Two Acres" Red Wine
15% Petite Sirah
1% Alicante Bouschet
This is the wine that almost wasn’t. In 2009, the Petite Sirah and Syrah components were picked at optimum ripeness on October 8th. But when heavy rain hit on October 13th, the Mourvèdre, Alicante, and Carignane simply weren’t ready. Five humid days and another day of rain later, Botrytis reared its ugly head. It appeared that for the first time ever we would not be producing a “Two Acres”. But our vineyard manager, Chris Bowland, wouldn’t hear of it. He would not deny his wife her favorite wine! Hence, on October 27th and 28th, a crew of nine using needle nose clippers worked eight hours a day, picking each cluster and carefully, even surgically, removing any Botrytis-affected grapes. It was mind numbing, tedious work (not to mention expensive!) but the results were well worth it. Two thousand nine has produced one of our finest Two Acres to date, one in which I’ve already enjoyed numerous times. Thank you Chris (and Chris’ wife!) for ensuring this wine was produced!
Medium to medium-dark garnet. Classic Two Acres aromas of red cherry and rose petal. A slight hint of licorice lurks in the background. On the palate, a wonderful creaminess (not from oak but from fruit), a trademark of this vineyard. Loamy earth and mineral notes complement the cherry fruit through the finish. Stylistically similar to the 2007 but slightly richer and more expressive. This wine will age very well, developing further complexity, but can certainly be enjoyed young. Drink from release (with a good decant) through 2023. (MRO – 09/25/11)