2009 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 87
Red Wine
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"As its name indicates, this offers a ripe, fleshy, baked cherry-berry core of flavors, offset by anise, spice and sage, gaining depth and persistence. Drink now through 2020." (WS)

"The 2009 Pinot Noir Cherry Pie is deep and concentrated. It shows tons of textural richness in its sweet, candied fruit. There is no shortage of lush, overt fruit here. The alcohol comes through a bit on the finish, which is the only thing that keeps the score from going higher. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.

Proprietor Jayson Woodbridge makes some of the most unique, deeply personal wines in Napa Valley. Very late harvests and minimal intervention in the cellar, including no rackings until bottling, are just some of the choices that inform these wines. Woodbridge’s vineyards are in St. Helena (Kayli Morgan), the lower part of Howell Mountain (Ark) and Calistoga (Few and Far Between). Woodbridge is less reliant on outside consultants than many of his colleagues, so the wines bear very specific signatures that are unlike those of other wines being made in the Valley. The late harvests give the wines super-ripe fruit that can at times veer towards sweetness, but it is the extreme silkiness and finesse of the tannins that differentiates these wines. Woodbridge believes wines must be ready to go upon release and frowns upon decanting or advance aeration, which he doesn’t think should be necessary. As outstanding as these wines can be upon release, the reality is that the wines have also proven to age exceptionally well. I tasted a huge number of wines with Woodbridge and his team, but it was two wines with some bottle age (the 2000 and 2006 Kayli Morgan) that made the deepest impression. I hope Hundred Acre fans can find the discipline to put away a few bottles. The transformation of these wines in bottle is remarkable. These no-holds-barred Cabernets aren’t for everyone, but they are compelling and highly individualistic, just like Woodbridge himself." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
This Cherry Pie is rich and fat while not over extracted. It is one of our richest in red fruits, black plums, hints of wet earth and pebbles. Naturally black cherry abounds in one of our most aromatic and layered Cherry Pies to date, clearly this wine will be very hard to resist and pairs well with a very large range of foods. “Basically it is kick ass” says Winemaker Jayson Woodbridge.

Vineyard Notes:
Viticulture at Stanly Ranch in Carneros began in the 1880’s but fell off during prohibition. Stanly Ranch was first planted to Pinot Noir in the 1940s, when a clonal trial proved the ranch’s well-drained clay-loam soils and rolling hills ideal for growing the finicky varietal. The clones and blocks have been significantly refined over the years, and Stanly Ranch is now one of the most sought-after growers of Pinot Noir in California. The Carneros AVA straddles the southern parts of Napa and Sonoma Counties. It is the coolest wine region in Napa, with fog rolling in from San Pablo Bay at night, then peeling back late in the day to expose the grapes to the sun. Stanly Ranch is on the Napa side of Carneros and has myriad microclimate throughout its rolling hills, making for significant differences in terroir in each block of the vineyard. The Bay has a significant influence, the lower areas being the first to be covered with fog and the last to emerge while the hills remain in the sun the longest and see it earliest in the morning. Our 2009 Cherry Pie single vineyard Pinot Noir is from the Home Hill of Stanly Ranch.

Winemaker Notes:
The fruit was handpicked prior to the fall rains at full ripeness. We carefully choose the blocks and ferment in micro-lots to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly fermented in 500 liter French Oak Puncheons with hand punch downs. A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. This wine has never been racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the entire aging period.