Every new vintage is an opportunity to look ahead and reflect back. And we’d like to think we’ve learned a thing or two. But we certainly have a soft spot in our hearts for these wines that are no longer available for sale.
2009 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
The 2009 Doctor’s Vineyard seduces with whiffs of mushroom, pipe smoke, and damp earth surrounding a dark berry core. Hallmark leather, clove, and blackberry brambles honor this wine’s Santa Lucia Highlands pedigree. A blast of raspberry and cocoa deliver velvety tannins and a lush mouth feel. Drink through 2015. (92 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2009 Hayley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
This lighter-style pinot in the Burgundian tradition showcases a fruit basket of bright red cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry plus cola, rhubarb, cardamom and curry. Flavors of spice cake, red candy and currant marry lively acid to restrained tannins. Drink now through 2015. (90 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2009 Split Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Our most full-bodied and lusty offering, this pinot is dripping with stewed cherries, dense plum, and rich berries. Bursting ripe fruit is tempered by savory notes of black tea, cedar, and spice box. With more tannin and a layered complexity, this is the most age worthy of our 2009 pinots. (90 Points & Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast).
2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
On the nose the wine exhibits beautiful notes of ripe plums, raspberries, and blackberries, a background of baking spices and clove, and just a hint of warm earth and leather. On the palate the wine has an uncommonly smooth and sexy mouth feel and a lingering, long finish. Our inaugural vintage (91 Points – Wine Enthusiast).