Vivid ruby. Pungent, assertive aromas of black raspberry, spicecake, sandalwood and herbs. Offers an array of red fruit and floral pastille flavors, with tangy acidity adding spine and lift. Turns sweeter on the back half, with slow-building tannins providing shape and grip. Finishes smooth and sappy, with lingering cherry and candied rose qualities and very good persistence. (JR)
The 2009 Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard located in the Dundee Hills was also planted to the Pommard clone in 1990. The nose is redolent of raspberry and cherry. Elegant, sweetly-fruited, and nicely proportioned in the glass, it is a sexy, friendly effort that will provide enjoyment over the next 6-8 years. Veteran vigneron Patricia (Patty) Green was the original winemaker at Torii Mor before purchasing the old Autumn Wind Winery in 2000 along with partner Jim Anderson and renaming it Patricia Green Cellars. Current production stands at 10,000 cases with distribution in 20 states. All of the Patricia Green wines are fermented naturally, see about one-third new oak, and only Cadus barrels are used in the cellar. In 2009 Green and Anderson’s lengthy experience paid off as they were able to get the maximum out of what the vintage offered. (JM)
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