2009 - Ketcham Estate Russian River Pinot Noir
"Medium-deep ruby color; deep, spicy, cinnamon aromas with some red cherry notes; deep, rich, red cherry flavors with cinnamon and spicy notes; silky texture; sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Spicy and deep, this Pinot drinks well now but has structure to age. 901 cases made." 93 Pts Pinot Report
"Nose of black cherries and red pepper. This full-bodied style of Pinot Noir is deep and rich in cherries. Clean and vibrant middle and a long finish with a balanced tannin structure. Leads to a beautiful finish of apricots. Drink now." - 92 Pts - James Suckling - JamesSuckling.com
"Aromatics: Deep and profound with red fruits, highlighted by raspberry, strawberry, with hints of warm spice. There are the signature sassafras and mineral nuances with flint, nutmeg, and a touch of clean earth. Palate: The palate is rich and medium/full-bodied. The layers of flavor are focused and pure. Dark red fruits including blackberries, ripe raspberries pair well with the higher toned red currant notes."
"This Pinot Noir possesses the vineyard's trademark depth, intensity, power and breadth, and not at the sacrifice of nuance or complexity. It shows firm acidity, with good balance and structure. The 2009 vintage is showing more elegantly and aromatic than in years past and this wine portrays that elegance on the palate, which we think is an exciting combination. This is a delightful Pinot Noire to pair with a range of fine foods." -Winery
"The Russian River Valley is where our heart and home are when it comes to the Pinot Noirs we make and love. Our wines embody the unique qualities that only Russian River Valley can offer - that wonderful blend of spices, sassafras, red and dark fruits and the beautiful balance that are incontrovertibly present in every bottle of our Pinot Noir."
"Ketcham Estate wines are from our 17-acre vineyard property just off of Eastside Road, in Healdsburg, CA. The property has many microclimates across the vineyard, due mostly to the cooling westerly winds and a variety of soil structures, built from the vineyards proximity to our winding creek that borders the eastern and southern perimeter. This diversity, as well as the many Dijon and Pommard clones provide the wine with broad flavor profiles, great depth and structure. Our 'Old Vine' Pommard-4 block is over 25 years old, the oldest on the vineyard." -Winery
This was also rated 87 points by the Wine Enthusiast.
2009 C. Donatiello Maddies Vineyard Pinot Noir
"Vivid ruby. Fresh cherry, raspberry, musky flowers, allspice and graphite on the nose. Sweet, floral-dominated and intense, with tangy acidity and minerality contributing energy to this taut wine's sweet red fruit character. Firmly built and very long, with captivating floral pastille notes lingering on the finish." 93 points - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
"A ripe red berry fruit nose displays a pretty top note of spiced cranberry before dissolving seamlessly into delicious, fresh and appealingly vibrant flavors that possess good mid-palate density, all wrapped in an attractively dry, clean and balanced finish with reasonably solid depth and length. I like the mouth feel of this suave effort and while this doesn't quite have 90 point depth yet, there is enough underlying material that my score offers the benefit of the doubt that it will develop it with a few years of bottle age. Drink: 2014+" 90 points - Allen Meadows - Burghound
"Ripe cherry, raspberry, and rose petal underscored by notes of chocolate, coconut, and earthiness on the nose. Elegantly structured with ï¬avors of bing cherry, boysenberry, and pomegranate. Smooth and balanced ï¬nish with balanced ï¬avors of dark plum, reï¬ned tannins and focused acidity." -Winery
"Maddieâs Vineyard is located along Westside Road, just south of the town of Healdsburg, in the area of the Russian River Valley commonly referred to as the Middle Reach."
"Sited on the bench land on the western edge of the river, the soils of Maddieâs Vineyard are a mixture of river gravel, sand, silt, and fossil alluvium. They overlay the coastal belt of the Franciscan rocks, remnants of the oceanic plates that fractured while colliding with the western edge of North America. Rich in various minerals, the soils are naturally well drained and the roots of the vines run deep."
"At just 3.5 acres, Maddieâs Vineyard is quite small by California standards, and only 0.75 acres is planted to Chardonnay. Aggressive pruning, green harvesting, cluster selection, and multiple passes through the vineyard further limit crop yields. Despite its tiny size, the vineyard is harvested in three separate picks to ensure optimum ripeness for each and every cluster. One pick for the chardonnay, one for the single vineyard pinot noir, and the balance goes to our Russian River Valley wine."
"Sitting in the cradle of the Russian River, our estate enjoys one of the preeminent settings for winemaking in the Russian River Valley. Our crown jewel is Maddie's Vineyard, a certified organic vineyard seated in the Middle Reach of the Russian River - an area considered by many to be the Gold Coast of the valley. While the location of our vineyards helps yield superior fruit, we also pay close and careful attention to each individual vine, hand-sorting twice to assure that only the finest grapes are chosen to become C. Donatiello wine. Then, in our state-of-the-art fermentation room, the fruit makes it's pilgrimage to wine, vigilantly guided by our skilled winemakers." -Winemaker
"Webster Marquez is a dyed-in-the-wool East Coaster who ended up in Northern California chasing after wine knowledge and experience. After two years of training as an Assistant Winemaker in the fairly unforgiving grape-growing climate of Virginia, he moved to Sonoma County and joined Williams Selyem."
"At C. Donatiello, Webster helps craft wines that are representative of their terroir and are fun to drink. He does this by spending long hours in the vineyards and treating the grapes with care and respect in the winery. He especially loves making Russian River Valley wines because of the way they express their climate, vintage, and vineyard. In addition to his work at C. Donatiello, he co-owns a small label called Anthill Farms." -Winery