2009 Tina Marie Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley
Sept 6, 2009
January 13, 2011
The 2009 vintage showed us a different side of what the Tina Marie Pinots can be. While tighter, less fruit forward than the 2006 (our last vintage), there is a rich, concentrated aroma and flavor of black cherry and strawberry with a hint of smoked meat and brown spices. The 2009 has great structure that will contribute to a long lived Pinot Noir. The Tina will continue to develop a great deal of complexity with a couple of years in bottle and begin to show the more feminine qualities which we’ve come to love.
91 points - CGCW. "Far and away the most successful of the Enkidu Pinots, the Tina Marie is a rich and well-concentrated wine that combines deep, well-ripened fruit with sympathetic sweet oak and shows a nice spot of enlivening acid in just the right place. Its defined themes of cherries take the lead from start to finish, and its finish shows the kind of energy and extension that suggests things will only get better with age."
Best of Class, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Silver Medal, 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition
The Tina Marie vineyard is situated in the blessed Pinot Noir appellation – the Green Valley, within the Russian River Valley located NW of Sebastopol. The 11 acre vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777. The coastal fog visits most days until September, and burns off late morning moderating the summer sun. Wines from the RRV often show great structure with rich, spicy fruit and a solid core in the mid-palate. In 2009, we experienced a very late budbreak which led to longer hang time and a later harvest. September was hot and this led to ripe, seductive Pinot Noir.
The alter ego to our Petite Sirah, we employ minimalist techniques with our Pinots. We added 20% whole clusters to the whole berry, destemmed fruit, which then underwent a four-day cold soak, involving a daily gentle pump over of the juice. Once fermentation began we punched down twice daily until fermentation was complete. After a five-day extended maceration we pressed to French oak barrels, 33% new. Before bottling we racked only one time, and after only 10 months in barrel the Tina Marie was bottled.