Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel 2009
Subtle pepper, cassis and juicy red fruit. Age 3-5 more years.
Our Pitts Home Zinfandel continues to impress us with subtle pepper, cassis and dominant perfumed aromas. However, it's the gobs of red juicy fruit that make me want another sip. Balanced, elegant, and delicious, enjoy this unique approach to Zinfandel for 5 to 8 years.
The 2009 season was framed by cool weather and good development in the vineyard. The fruit gained a high concentration of flavor as well as good acidity. The heat spells were moderate, the cold troughs were shallow, and the bunches looked picture perfect falling into the bins. The season was perfectly uneventful until Monday, October 12th when the greater Sonoma County region saw nearly 4" of torrential rain. The last time Sonoma saw this much rain so early in October was in 1961. Needless to say, farmers and winemakers alike were scrambling to get as much fruit off the vine and into the fermentors as possible. Fortunately, we only had our grapes for our dessert wine left on the vine, which benefits from a little mold. This was a vintage that rewards a wine making style like Harvest Moons', as we pick our grapes earlier than others, seeking lower sugars in the grape and ultimately, lower alcohols and more delicate, juicy flavors in our wines. Farming is a humbling experience.