2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County
Today’s special Pinot Noir delivers the wonder and complexity of the region. The wine leads with delicate aromas that come to life with some swirling and delicious flavors that begin austere and subtle - but then, intriguingly, increase on the palate as the wine breathes.
Smooth as silk, all across the palate, today’s 2009 Carlson Santa Maria Pinot Noir is a charming wine that any fan of elegant Pinot Noir will enjoy.
Winemaker, Chuck Carlson’s career has spanned more than a quarter century. In that time, he has grown to deeply understand his three Pinot producing regions of Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley, in a way that no other winemaker could. The culmination of his experience lives in today’s bottle. We hope that you have the pleasure of sampling this wonderful wine.
Brilliant, bright, clear ruby red with a slightly darker heart.
Lush and layered with fragrant raspberry, dark cherry, stewed plum, strawberry components that sit atop deep forest floor, fresh cedar bark, subtle tobacco leaf, violet and red currant.
Black currant, underripe blackberry, cranberry and young strawberry give way to dried tobacco leaf, white jasmine tea.
Bright but supple, this wine leads with soft leather and red fruit that slowly gives way to slightly more earthen dried iris and dark rose.
This wine begs to be served with a wild mushroom and parmesan risotto.
What the Winery Says
2009 LE BON CLIMAT & PRESQU’ILE VINEYARDS
Pinot Noir / Santa Maria Valley
This wine hails from Le Bon Climat Vineyard (40%) and Presqu’ile Vineyard (60%) in the Santa Maria Valley. Our selection at Le Bon Climat is Clone 115, which is favored for yielding complex and classic Pinot Noir traits that are uniquely shaped by the vineyard’s sandy loam soil and hillside exposure just south of the Santa Maria River. Presqu’ile
Vineyard is in a slightly cooler location, yielding fruit that is slightly darker and richer.Both vineyards exhibit traditional Pinot Noir qualities and similar structure, which is why they come together so well in the bottle.
Medium light, garnet in color. Raspberry and pomegranate red fruits show initially. This wine exhibits a touch of fresh, racy berry flavors with a hint of stem. On the palate the wine is still very young. It was fermented with 12 percent whole clusters, and it shows. It has medium body with red fruit flavors. The entry is soft and supple with a nice underlying firmness which the vintage provided. There is minimal impact from the oak; rather it offers a supple roundness. This wine will age nicely for five to eight years.
In general, the 2009 vintage provided wines that are slightly riper and richer, reflecting the abundant sunny growing conditions that were present during the season. This vintage yielded wines that can age gracefully and maintain beautiful balance.
Harvested: September 2 and September 4 at 23.8 average Brix Clone: 115 and 667 TA: 6.0 gm/L pH: 3.70 Alc. 13.9% Bottled: August 2010 Production: 142 Cases
A portion of the grapes from the Presqu’ile Vineyard were placed in the fermenters as whole clusters (representing 12 percent of the final blend), and the balance was destemmed into the same fermenters. The Le Bon Climat fruit was completely destemmed. The fermentation occurred in one-ton fermenters, with a five-day “cold soak” prior to inoculation with Aussmanshausen yeast. The must was basket pressed after 13 days on the skins. Secondary malolactic fermentation was completed later in November. The wine was aged in 100 percent French oak (Francois Frères V M+ and A M+; Seguin Moreau Chagny), of which 20 percent was new. The balance was aged in one- and two-year-old barrels. The wine was racked once prior to bottling.
About the Winery
I have been fortunate to make many friends during my 25 years as a winemaker on California’s Central Coast. Among them are some of the finest Pinot Noir growers in the region, and they have kindly shared access to their vineyards.
The resulting limited-edition wines reflect my personal affinity for the Pinot Noir grape, showcasing the distinctive flavors of three standout vineyards in three appellations: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley.