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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 5 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2010 vintage.)
ProducerBlack Kite (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationStony Terrace
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationAnderson Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2017 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 26 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Neverodb on 2/16/2015 & rated 89 points: Dark big fruit with cloves and all-spice. Big for a Pinot, even a Cali Pinot. Makes you crave Lebanese food. (334 views)
 Tasted by Hopster on 11/11/2013 & rated 93 points: Excellent and quite distinctive. Must try for CA pinot enthusiasts.

Very big pinot noir that showcases the varietal and the terroir of the Anderson Valley without being too fruit forward or acidic. Excellent structure and it is silky smooth from start to finish.

Can't remember more as we consumed it two months ago. My bad... (929 views)
 Tasted by BlancdeBlanc on 2/4/2013 & rated 85 points: Thick, jammy, black walnuts, cherries, licorice, a lot of alcohol. I know that there's pinot noir hidden in there somewhere. Not my style. (1181 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 9/28/2012 & rated 92 points: Pw/30 min decant, drank over 2 hours. Light sediment/cloudy. Deep dark red/purple color. Proper & intense nose. On the big and powerful side. Good balance, long legs and finish. Not over extracted, typical Pinot flavor profile. Excellent wine, drinkable now but good for years yet. Nothing off. $51. My first BK, will buy more. (1492 views)
 Tasted by brianofthevine on 8/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Lush up front dark black cherry and wild berry fruit. Beautiful wine, nice long finish. (48 views)
 Tasted by ListenToMeWine on 7/15/2012 & rated 92 points: Spice, dark fruit and dark plum, dominate this big pinot. Only going to get better, hold another 8-12 months before trying again. A large amount of sediment in the first bottle, so be careful when pouring or decant, but don't say I didn't warn you. (1609 views)
 Tasted by AZWINTER on 5/4/2012 & rated 94 points: Very earthy and musty on the nose, like freshly rained on earth.
Dark berries come thru on the nose.
Taste of ripe strawberry, raspberry, finishing very smooth with a nice long lingering mouth feel

Highly recommend!
Glad we bought 2 bottles, will be buying more to share with friends. (1696 views)
 Tasted by rjrausch on 1/22/2012 & rated 95 points: Really good pinot noir. Floral nose with some red fruit notes and a musty aroma. Very pleasing palate. I pick up more cherry and raspberry flavors and a nice finish. Sad that I am unable to buy more. Really worth trying and buying. (1388 views)
 Tasted by corka on 12/31/2011 & rated 94 points: Opened and decanted for about 4 hours prior drinking. It opened up very nicely and showed many layers to include scents of floral and rich berry fruit, more of a ripe blackberry and plum flavor. The tannins were soft yet clearly have the ability to age for a number of years to come. The body was on the full side for a pinot, and the nose was very enjoyable. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this rich and elegant wine! (1523 views)
 Tasted by t_moderne on 7/7/2011 & rated 92 points: Pop and pour and drank out of large yellow plastic cups. I did not get the full bouquet of this wine but that's okay as the flavor was enough. A wonderful rich pinot with ripe red fruits graced by an earthy and spice core that balances it all. Smooth tannins show hints of vanilla and some pomegranate. A wonderful wine. (1283 views)
 Tasted by baltmaier on 6/22/2011 & rated 88 points: My least favorite of the 2009 Black Kite offerings. (1230 views)
 Tasted by hubas on 5/21/2011 & rated 90 points: Kraftig rätt mörk lång fruktig eftersmak (1198 views)
 Tasted by xtrmjoe on 4/11/2011 & rated 86 points: My system (nose mouth finish) ///, very ripe in fruit profile, dark and black berries slightly stewed and jammy, with a touch of heat and oak on the finish, lists 14.9 on the bottle but is at least a point higher. (1260 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
(Black Kite Cellars Pinot Noir Stony Terrace Anderson Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #76 (1/15/2012)
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Black Kite

Producer website
Black Kite Cellars is an Anderson Valley, California winery dedicated to Pinot Noir. The 40 acre site is in proximity to the Navarro River in a section of Anderson Valley know as “Deep End”. The site was purchased in 1995 by Donald and Maureen Green and three generations of the Green family are involved in winery operations. In 1999 12 acres were planted to Pinot Noir. Vineyard management is handled by Paul Ardzronni who started in 2004. Wine making is handling by Jeff Gaffner who began duties with the 2005 vintage. The vineyard is divided into three blocks of 4 acres each. Redwood’s Edge planted with 114 and 115 clones, Stoney Terrace planted with Pommard. River Turn planted with Pommard. While Black Kite released their first wine in 2003, it was the 2005 vintage when Jeff Gaffner made the wines that brought the winery notoriety. Reviews were extremely favorable with most publications scoring the three releases in the low 90's.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

North Coast

The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

Anderson Valley

http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-appellation-map/ Anderson Valley stretches from Yorkville Highlands (located in a highland meadow straddling the upper Rancheria Creek and upper Dry Creek watersheds) through Boonville (located on Anderson Creek) and Philo (located on Indian Creek) to Navarro (located on Soda Creek). Rancheria, Anderson, Indian and Soda creeks are tributaries to the Navarro River, which flows north and west through the coastal range to the Pacific Ocean; Dry Creek flows south into the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County. The main stem of the Navarro River begins less than a mile south of Philo at the confluence of Anderson Creek and Rancheria Creek. The mouth of the Navarro is 10 miles (16 km) south of Mendocino, California. Encompassing 315 square miles (816 km²), the Navarro River watershed is the largest coastal basin in Mendocino County.

Such unique geography results in a wide diurnal range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees. This enables Pinot Noir growers to keep acid development in line with sugar and flavor formation through long, warm Indian summers. It also makes for superb Gewurztraminer and Riesling, giving rise to the valley’s annual Alsatian Varietals and Pinot Noir festivals.

The climate in the Anderson Valley appellation is tempered by cool marine air. Steep hills and mountains surround rolling to nearly level alluvial terraces. The dominant natural vegetation is a mixed forest of Coast Redwood, various native oak varieties, and Douglas-fir. Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,500 feet (760 m). The average annual precipitation ranges from 35 to 80 inches (900 to 2000 mm). The average annual temperature is about 53 °F (12 °C), and the average frost-free season ranges from 220 to 365 days. Towards the coast the summers are cool and moist with frequent fog, while the interior Anderson Valley proper features a warm to hot summer climate similar to nearby interior regions, with daytime highs occasionally in excess of 100 °F (38 °C).

Visitors to the Valley should come prepared for cool evenings and warm days. Locals dress in layers year round.

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