In keeping with the Villa Mt. Eden philosophy that wine grapes should be harvested at the ideal moment, the grapes were hand-picked at night, when grapes are cool to the touch and at their freshest. Fruit was cold-soaked for three days, then fermented in 6-ton open-top fermenters. The must was inoculated with different yeast strains, followed by a regime of twice-daily punch-downs.
At dryness, the wine was racked and pressed. It was put into French oak barrels (30% new) to highlight and maintain the natural elegance of the wine. The wine was kept in separated lots and aged for 12 months. When aging was complete, each lot was tasted and selections were made to create the optimal blend.
Our 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is sourced from four highly regarded vineyards
representing specific locations within the appellation: Diamond Creek and Domaine
Chandon in the southern area of Cameros; Champlin Creek, located mid-appellation at Petaluma Gap; and the northern Russian River Hearth vineyard of Cutrer Vine Hills. Specific clones were selected from each vineyard site to capture the best attributes of the soils and vineyard terroir. The 2009 growing season was most notable for its mild summer. The weather warmed up significantly in September. This combination helped maintain the natural acidity of the grapes, resulting in well-balanced wines with vibrant aromas.
“Aromas of cherries, strawberries and cola lead to rich and complex flavors of red fruit with an earthy accent note. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir exhibits refined acidity and soft, well-structured tannins. A complex and elegant wine, with a lingering, seductive finish.”
— Armando De Santiago, Winemaker
Tasting Date: March 2012
Tasting Date Price: $19.99