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2009 Proprietor's Blend, Sonoma County

 

Sonoma County
2009 Proprietor's Blend

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89 pts. - Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes:
Composed of small batches from many of the best blocks of fruit in the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Bennett Valley, the 2009 Cosa Obra Proprietary Red offers a heady nose of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper and a hint of earth.  Impressively rich, yet balanced and structured, this wine showcases intense dark fruit with a long finish of berries and spice. Our 2009 is ready to drink now and will continue to develop over the next 5-8 years.

Vintage:
The 2009 vintage started off brilliantly with a dry spring and bud break in late March to early April.  Frost and cool fog during bloom kept yields low.  The season progressed quickly with warm weather through July and August encouraging rapid veraison (color change).  Harvest started early and we picked in early October due to the heat wave.

Vineyards:
Fruit was sourced from Ray Teldeschi Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley, Greywacke Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, as well as Dry Stack Vineyard in the Bennett Valley in which yields are maintained at sparse levels, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 tons/acre. The wine is composed of small batches from many of the best blocks of Syrah and Grenache, representing a diverse range of carefully selected rootstocks and clones.

Winemaking:
Grapes were picked in the darkness of the early morning hours, and immediately subjected to rigorous hand sorting and refinement process. The whole berries were gently delivered to tank. Cold soaks lasted five to seven days, and fermentations were managed via a combination of delestage and pumpovers. Extended maceration ranging from three to four weeks fine-tuned our tannin profiles, allowing us to perfect mouth feel and wine complexity. The wine was aged 20 months in 100% French oak, 40% new and 60% neutral oak. Learn More...

Analysis:
Appellation: Sonoma County
Varietal Composition: 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Aging: 20 Months in 100% French Oak, 40% New
Alcohol: 14.9%
pH: 3.7
TA: 6.0 g/L
Bottled: June 2011
Production: 238 cases

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