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2009 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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279 cases, 13.9% alc., 33% new oak
This 12 barrel blend is comprised of roughly 50% Summa, 25% Willow Creek and 25% Lancel Creek, a new site for us leased by Ulises Valdez and planted to 777 and Pommard clones. The reason for the high percentage of Summa is for the first time there will be no regular Summa bottling. The quality just wasn’t there. Still not sure why, but the wine lacked punch in the mid-palate so it was an easy decision to declassify it into our Sonoma Coast blend. That naturally has lead to this bottling leaning more toward the Summa red/orange fruit spectrum than any previous SC offering. The nose draws you in with notes of high toned pomegranate, cranberry, orange peel and coriander. The palate balances fruit and savory combining baking spices and black cherry with a little sous bois. The result is a very clean, very pure expression of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.