2009 Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red. Blueberry, blackberry, licorice, minerals and menthol on the nose, with a peppery, herbal coolness. Then big, ripe and dense, with a sappy, chewy quality to the soil-driven flavors of dark cherry, spices and underbrush. Nicely vibrant, dry, persistent wine with a peppery spice element lifting the finish. I'd give this a year or two in the cellar before pulling the cork.
A very fruity wine, almost sweet in jammy raspberries, cherries, pomegranates and persimmons. Has just enough acidity to give it life and zest. Best now and over the next 4-5 years.
A dry, savory style, with cherry, plum and raspberry flavors. Medium-bodied, ending with dried berry and mineral notes. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2011)
Did you know that the Duncan family, the folks who've been making Silver Oak's legendary Cabs form more than 30 years, are the same family behind Twomey? It turns out they know a thing or two about producing delicious, palate-pleasing Pinot Noir, too. Fruit for the 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot was sourced entirely from sustainably farmed vineyards, including Gap's Crown and La Cruz vineyards in the Petaluma Gap, as well as vineyards on the the ridges closer to the Pacific. It was aged for fourteen months sur-lie in a combination of 40% new, 60% used French oak barrels. "The 2009 vintage was a near perfect Pinot Noir season," according to Twomey and Silver Oak winemakers Ben Cane and Daniel Baron. "The cycle of warm days and cool nights created great flavor and aroma complexity which, coupled with elegant acidities, moderate alcohols and fine tannin structures, created a beautiful wine." 13.6 abv.