2009 as a vintage was precocious, a warm growing year that favored full physiological development but needed to be reined-in to truly sparkle.The wines should well show themselves for an extended length of cellar ageing

2009 Glass Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir

The color of this wine is translucent rhubarb tinged by copper. Aromatically it’s fragrant lime, sweet honeysuckle and Smarties — yes, from your childhood. The wine hurls mouthwatering lime and weighty grapefruit from an exceedingly long complex palate. It finishes (when? if?) on high-tone fruit punch and hibiscus. Incorporating Champagne methodologies from 100 years ago to strip color and broaden an earthy mid-palate. The result is similar to a rose? Champagne from that era–without the bubbles. 460 cases. Sold out.

2009 Vespidae Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Ripe with upfront available fruit is the nature of the year. Too much is not the same as balance, and fruit leather poppers not being our endgame, it required pulling in the reins to gain plush, but avoid overripe, boozy and jammy. Moderate cherry in color, this wine smells like an earthy-smoky plum and juniper berry jam. It’s big and available, throwing savory spice and pepper jerky as a precursor to dusty cherry. Not lacking acidity, but it’s surprisingly resolved in a rustic balance of peat, grain, malt, dark oak, blueberry, spice and Oreo cookie. There’s a good balance of sweetness to savory with the third leg of acid just shy and fine tannins in context to respect the overall vintage.  Vineyards Temperance Hill (Eola Hills), Shea Vineyard (Yamhill Carlton), Black Walnut (Dundee Hills), Gemini Vineyard (Chehalem Mtns), and Anderson Family (Dundee Hills). 13.75% alcohol, 3.63 pH, 876 cases produced.