2009 Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1069708 90 points 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.  (6/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (8/ 2011)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6