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||91-93 Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate||Size:||750ML
91-93 Pts Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Readers looking for low alcohol offerings will love the 2009 Venus, a blend of 90% Roussanne and 10% Viognier that tips the scales at 12.3% alcohol. One would never believe that based on the intensity of flavor. Most of the fruit comes from a vineyard I adore for its Sauvignon, but I wasn't aware it included some Roussanne, the Dry Stack Vineyard in Bennett Valley southeast of Santa Rosa. The 2009 Venus exhibits crisp, fresh, delicate but impressively intense notes of lychee nuts, caramelized citrus, spring flowers, fresh pears and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied with lively acidity as well as an exotic perfume and a dry, zesty style, I would recommend drinking it on the early side because of its exceptional aromatics. It should last 2-3 years." (02/11)
"A blend of 90% Roussanne and 10% Viognier, this wine is once again primarily from Dry Stack Vineyard in Bennett Valley. A cool vineyard that ripens the Roussanne very slowly, we harvested this fruit at a potential alcohol of 12%. We added Viognier from Kobler Family Vineyard to bring a "lift" to the aromatics along with a touch more depth to the mouth feel."
"As with the 2008, the 2009 epitomizes prettiness. If you could drink delicacy, this would be a close approximation. This wine, with its aromas of beeswax, lily, and freesia, is complexly flavored but without the overbearing weight of a typical Roussanne. Dancing, delicate, and fresh, we hope this will be another wine that is irresistible to uncork." - Winery
The 2009 Vintage:
"We've always found it odd that while we desire complexity in wine as a measure of quality, we strive for consistency and uniformity in the vineyard to achieve this. This paradox aside, the year 2009 is proving that a consistently moderate year with low water availability combined with our vineyards, sensible harvest times, and deft winemaking can make wines of tremendous complexity and structure. We're not sure we can summarize the 2009 vintage any better than that, but we'll try."
"We divide each vineyard based on physiological variation to isolate only the best-of-the-best for the final bottling. Working with each vineyard a second time, Tyler, our winemaker, greatly appreciated the understanding of what each site needs in terms of viticulture, and - perhaps more critically - harvest timing. While 2008 saw some of the earliest harvest dates in our short history, in 2009 we worked to dial up vineyard balance to ensure full, ripe flavors to a point that would require the least amount of cellar intervention. This proved critical come October, when an early-ish rain approached. With nearly all our fruit in, we were able to comfortably pull the rest of the fruit thanks to the earlier arrival of ripe characters."
"The moderate 2009 season promoted freshness and structure, placing the fulcrum of the mouth feel in the support of acidity. This season, more so than many recent vintages, allowed us to preserve tension without sacrificing substance. Tension is the wire from which all in wine is hung; tension without substance is tart, light, and wanting; substance with no tension can be obtrusive, if pleasurably broad. But tension with substance is structured, supple (even plush), and produces a more enticing wine than any other combination."
"The 2009 aromas have wonderful depth and complexity, combining dark fruits with savory and sweet spices,. We feel they are representative of what our Sonoma terroir is capable of. Generally speaking, the wines are some of the most restrained weâve produced without compromising the layers often achieved in our unique vineyards.
While still young, we are confident in saying that this has been a terrific vintage and one that will reward patience. The wines provide a wonderful combination of depth, finesse, elegance, and elegant persistence. They are likely to add a pleasant fleshiness as they continue to develop. This vintage reveals the true potential of our sites: offering characters distinct to Rhone varietals without sacrificing the pleasant richness required to be considered among the best wines. Uniquely flavored, well structured, fleshy, and pleasant...drink up!" - Winery
This wine was also scored 87 Points by the Wine Enthusiast.