' 2009 Pinot Noir - Kendric Vineyards

2009 Pinot Noir


2009 Petaluma Gap|Marin County Pinot Noir

The '09 is a little earthier and more brooding than the '10 with a more pronounced mineral streak running through it.

Cost: $36.00 each, $360.00 per case of 12


93+ - View from the Cellar -- John Gilman - January-February 2014 Number Forty-Nine - 3/4/14

2009 Kendric Vineyards “Marin County” Pinot Noir (Marin County)

... The bouquet is deep and beautifully transparent, offering up scents of cherries, beetroot, cola, a lovely blend of fresh herbs, nutmeg and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bdoied, pure and shows off a sappy core of fruit, with bright acids, fine-grained tannins, lovely focus and soil signature and a long, tangy and complex finish. A superb bottle of pinot that I would tuck away for another four or five years and really let its secondary layers of complexity emerge. 2018-2035+. 93+.

91 pts - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2009 Kendric Vineyards Pinot Noir Marin Country

($36) Light, bright red.  A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits and Asian spices, with suave florality and a hint of orange zest.  Lively and precise on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain flesh with air.  Shows very good energy on the finish, which features silky tannins and a late note of cola.  (JR)

91 pts - Wine Enthusiast - May 2021

Kendric Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir (Marin County)
Light in color, this Marin County Pinot Noir is cool-climate in all its glory, with herbal and red cherry layers swathed in silky tannins and a finish of cola spice. A lovely introduction to Marin’s propensity for Pinot, pair this wine with quiche Lorraine or bacon-wrapped figs. —V.B. 


Kendric Vineyards 2009 Marin County Pinot Noir

“Light ruby. A very pretty, attractively fresh and spicy nose of pure essence of red pinot fruit that displays fine complexity merges seamlessly into detailed, vibrant and utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a refined mouth feel. This supple and perfectly ready effort is balanced, clean and refreshing and while the finish can’t match the complexity of the nose, this is really quite good. Note that this could be held in the cellar for a few more years if desired though it has basically arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability. 89/now+”

PinotFile -- Reviewed October 2, 2012

2009 Kendric Vineyards Marin County Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.53, 580 cases, $36. Released fall 2012. 6th vintage. Clones 37, 115, 667, 777, 828, Pommard and Martini. Harvested at about 2.0 tons per acre at about 24º Brix. 60% whole cluster fermentation, 10% saignee, no cold soak, both indigenous and proprietary yeast, 30-day extended maceration, aged in 40% new French oak barrels for 27 months, gently fined and filtered. · Light reddish color in the glass. Very seductive aromas of ripe cherries, red currants, sandalwood and walnuts, picking up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Relatively light in weight but flavorful, offering notes of brandied cherries, spice, and a hint of vanillin oak, with some of the cherry fragrance returning to haunt the finish. Very soft tannins make for easy drink ability. Very good.

Petaluma Gap|Marin County Pinot Noir Wine Information

Marin wines mostly tend toward the lighter bodied, brighter acidity end of the California spectrum, and that's generally true of my pinot also. I'm more interested in letting secondary earth and spice notes show through than I am in presenting a wall of primary fruit in my wine.
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