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The 2009 - Bailiwick Russian River is Pinot Noir from the Sonoma region in California and the ABV is 14.2%. The 2009 - Girlan Patricia is Pinot Noir from the Alto Adige region in Italy and the ABV is 13.0%.
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This 2-pack includes 1 bottle of 2009 - Bailiwick Russian River Pinot Noir, and 1 bottle of 2009 - Girlan Patricia Pinot Noir.
2009 - Bailiwick Russian River Pinot Noir
"Medium ruby color; deep, complex stewed red cherry aromas with spicy notes; rich earthy and stewed cherry flavors with some sweet oak and cola notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich, silky Pinot; really nicely balanced." (02/12) - 91 Pts Pinot Report
"Defines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in the dryness, silkiness and full-bodied richness, with flavors of cherries, pomegranates, raspberries and slightly underripe persimmons. This complex wine grows better as it warms in the glass. Drink over the next 2-3 years." (05/12) - 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast
"Our Russian River Valley AVA wine draws from two highly regarded vineyards that contribute distinctly different characteristics. 57% of the fruit came from the Maurice Galante Vineyard that lies along Cherry Ridge Road, in the Green Valley sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley and the remaining 43% comes from the O'Neel Vineyard along Hall Road in the plain of Santa Rosa."
"The Russian River Valley saw a near ideal year in 2009, with perfect conditions in September of warm afternoons and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen to their fullest while retaining their acids. This wine is a medium dark, luscious example of classic Russian River Valley pinot noir. Complex aromas of dried cherry, mushrooms, and grapefruit flow out of the glass. On first taste, a focused cherry core expands into mouth-filling flavors of red plum and cola. The lengthy finish reveals hints of cinnamon and leather. This wine provides layers of flavor and a nuanced complexity that rewards slow savoring. We call it our "meat and potatoes" Pinot, as it pairs perfectly with grilled meats and herb roasted potatoes." - Winery
"The Galante and O'Neel vineyards were picked within days of each other, in mid-September. Clusters were hand-sorted to remove damaged or under-ripe fruit. Grapes were fully de-stemmed without crushing into small open top fermenters, and chilled with dry ice. The must was cold-soaked for 3 days, after which two distinct yeast strains were introduced to begin fermentation. The fermenting must received three gentle punchdowns a day. After completing fermentation, the wine macerated on the skins to develop aromatics and soften the tannins. We pressed the wine off into French oak cooperage selected for elements of spice and earthiness. The wine was racked in Spring 2010 and the final blend made around Labor Day. The wine was bottled in March 2011 after spending 17 months in the barrel." - Winery
This wine was also rated 87 Points by Allen Meadows.
2009 - Girlan Patricia Pinot Noir
"This wine's complex fragrance layers scents of earth and black raspberries, a savory wild fruit character that runs straight through to the end. The structure frames the flavors with gentle spice that tightens around the wine and lasts. A compelling pinot noir, this will capture the attention of grilled quail or other game birds." (08/12) - 91 Pts Wine & Spirits
"This wine is named after its winemaker, Patricia Von Elzenbaum. It is ruby red in color with violet hues. It has a fruity nose and a full-bodied, velvet palate. It pairs well with most meat dishes." - Importer
Vinification and Aging
"After destemming and gentle pressing, the grapes are taken to steel fermenting vats (100 hl), complete with pumpover system. Maceration on the skins lasts 10 to 15 days. After fermentation (100% malolactic) the wine is aged for 15 months in French barriques and large oak casks. It then rests for another 3 months before being placed in the market." - Importer
"The Cantina Girlan was founded in 1923 by 23 vintners at this historic 16th century country estate. The 23 charter members had an annual production of a mere 2,700 hectoliters of wine."
"The Cantina Girlan now has 200 winegrower members, for a total of 220 hectares of vineyards in the best growing zones of the Oltradige and Bassa Atesina.Girlan - first mentioned in historical documents dating back to A.D.1085 - has always been a famed wine-growing area. The vineyards are located at altitudes from 250 to 550 m above sea level, in soil types that form an ideal environment for growing numerous native and international varietals. In addition to the location, the vintner is also a very important factor. Winemaker, Gerhard Kofler, maintains a close and personal relationship with the growers. The exchange of information and experience is the cornerstone of their continuous efforts to produce quality wines." - Importer
This was also rated 88 Points by the Wine Spectator.