There has been plenty of hype about this vintage for Pinot Noir, so there is little need to add to that. Over the years we have been able to establish some wonderful long-term relationships with vineyard sites that are complimentary rather than antagonistic in a blend. Add to that a growing season like 2008 with fewer issues to overcome…what’s not to like? It is a little richer, denser and darker in color than the 2008 vintage. Floral, red, black and blue fruits all take their turn and change places with the toasty, earth/loam and lightly herbal notes like a slowly changing kaleidoscope crossed with a 1960’s overhead projector liquid light show with colored mineral oil and alcohol. It is not quite as intensely concentrated as the 2007 on entry at least, but the flavors swell, reveal their secrets and linger on the lips for what seem like an eternity [this is starting to sound too much like a formula romance novel]. I think it will take a couple of years longer to hit its stride than the previous two vintages, so I would plan to cellar this and consider working on any 2005-2008’s during the next 4-5 years before getting seriously into this vintage. The reward will be substantial, I think – kind of like with the 2004 Fort Ross High Slopes Pinot Noir (our last vintage). It is not that dense, but the upside to patience on wines like these is significant.