2009 Mesa Pinot Noir
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast, September 2011
90 Points, Pinot Report, November 2011
Chuck Ortman, our former consulting winemaker, has always said it- there’s something really special about the four-acre Mesa block at Riverbench. Whether it’s the slightly sandier soils, older vines, or maybe the higher elevation, this wine shows that terroir and microclimates (even those within the same vineyard!) are real. The Mesa fruit has always had a dramatic difference to it- bright red berries on the palate, with lush textures and a rolling, lingering finish. You can taste the land in this wine, earthy and mysterious, and it’ll only make you wish you had more. Pair this with lamb souvlaki or roasted chicken halves with prosciutto.
323 Cases produced
23% New French Oak
TA: 0.661 g/100 mL