2009 Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir VINTAGE: APPELLATION: ALCOHOL: RETAIL PRICE: 2009 100% Dundee Hills AVA 14.1% $60 CERTIFICATIONS: Made with organic grapes (100%), Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine GRAPE VARIETIES USED: 100% Pinot Noir, 100% Estate Grown DATE GRAPES PICKED: 9/20/09 – 9/25/09 AGE OF VINES: ~10 years old YIELD: 3.14 tons/acre (weighted average) CLONES/ROOTSTOCKS: Pommard, Wadenswil, 667, 777, 115, 420A, 3309, 101-14, 4453, Riparia Gloire NUMBER OF DAYS OF FERMENTATION: ~9 days TYPE OF FERMENTATION: One-ton and three-ton open top fermenters, punched down 3 times per day FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE: Peak temperature ~82° F LENGTH AND TYPE OF AGING: 100% barrel aged for 16 months, 50% new barrels, 50% once-used, 100% French oak NEW BARRELS: COOPERS: Bel Air, Daraud et Jaegle, Marsannay, Mercurey, Meyrieux, Quintessence, Remond, Seguin-Moreau FORESTS: Allier, Bertranges, Vosges; other central and northeastern France fine-grain oak DATE BOTTLED: March 2011 (unfined and unfiltered) BOTTLE AGING PRIOR TO RELEASE: ~6 months LIFESPAN IN A PROPER CELLAR: ~10-15 years NUMBER OF CASES PRODUCED: 854 VINTAGE SUMMARY: The 2009 growing season began with snow in February, then snow again accompanied by a day of graupel (hail-like precipitation occurring when supercooled water droplets freeze on a falling snowflake) and cold, biting wind in March. We had a couple of days close to 80° in early April, then more cold and hail, then back to a few days of 80° in mid-April. May was warm, beautiful, and uneventful, but June brought some wild weather. On June 4 we had an actual tornado blow through (very unusual for Oregon), and we all hunkered down nervously in the winery cellar. Then it turned cool again and we had a torrential downpour (almost an inch in 24 hours) on June 12. July was all about heat – we had a few very hot days (upper 90°s to 100°) early, mid, and late in the month, with the final days of July hitting up to 108°. It finally cooled off in early August and we had our first bit of rain in over a month, but then we had more heat mid-month. September brought continued hot weather and when the drying, desiccating east wine kicked in on September 20 we began SOKOL BLOSSER WINERY | PO BOX 399 | 5000 SOKOL BLOSSER LN | DUNDEE, OR 97115 | 800-582-6668 | picking as fast as we could. We brought in all 175 tons of our Pinot Noir in just eight days under mostly hot and hazy skies, but we managed to avoid overly high sugars and raisining in the grapes, and the acid levels were good. Overall, another challenging but promising Oregon vintage. TASTING NOTES: This Estate Cuvée is rich, dark, and opulent in texture and flavor. Aromas of violet, cassis, and five spice lead to a core of blackberry jam with layers of dark chocolate, black cherry, Bourbon vanilla, and damp soil. The wine is mouth-filling and lush, with tannins that are already velvety and refined.