On the nose, hints of lemon, hay and tonic fly out of the glass and with a little air a pure, leesy, chardonnay is exposed. The vintage produced wines of dense, layered complexity and it shows in this wine. On the palate the wine is rich, but has a petite, crispy framework. This wine is a stellar representation of the vineyard, and the Russian River Valley.
2009 was probably the best growing season that I have seen in my years in the business. A long, evenly keeled summer with a nice little warm spell in late August help flavors, sugars, acids and tannins all cross the finish line at the same time. Yields were perfect with minimal fruit dropping needed in the vineyard, and in late September we were awarded with some amazing fruit in our vineyards.