Magnum 2009 Kiser "Combe de Grès" Pinot Noir
Approximately 10 miles from the ocean in the deep end of Anderson Valley, Kiser is our coolest vineyard site. ‘Combe de Grès’, French for “sandstone comb, or small ravine of sandstone”, derives from a visibly distinct section of hillside vines where a narrow ravine sweeps down from the upper block to the lower block. Unlike the upper block’s pure decomposed sandstone and the lower block’s rich clay, the small ravine is laden with gravelly sandstone. These unique characteristics provided the optimal setting for Wells Guthrie to graft “sélection massale” clones in 2007.
2009 started with an early bud break followed by a warm spring producing small, compact clusters and berries. Warm and dry weather continued through harvest resulting in compact, healthy clusters with thick skins and an almost perfect balance of tannins and acidity.