The 2009 vintage was an exceptionally one, almost throughout CA. We experienced a mild
growing season, generally allowing the grapes to hang on the vine until mid-October, ripening
them fully up until that point. Then, on October 16 and 17 rain came to Sonoma
County, a real dousing of almost 6 inches (1-2 inches were predicted). We had to choose
whether to pick our Syrah prior to this rainfall, or take a chance and wait it out. With the
Christensen Family Vineyard we chose to pick before the rain set ...
The Christensen Family Vineyard ripened 8 tons of Syrah, picked on October 3 of 2009.
Sugars were healthy, between 25.4 and 27.2 brix, and acids remained strong. Most importantly,
flavors were superb and we saw a good amount of stem maturity, which allowed us
to ferment using 40% whole cluster. We also added approximately 3% Viognier juice from
a neighboring Russian River Valley vineyard to all of the Christensen juice. We love doing
this type of co-fermentation when the timing allows us to do so, as we think it makes for a
more aromatically lifted wine.
The 2009 Novy Christensen Family Vineyard Syrah has already received a 90 Point Rating
from Wine Spectator. Their description of this wine was as follows: "Alluring aromas of
spice, pepper, wild berry and blackberry lead to melted black licorice and game meat flavors
on the full-bodied palate, picking up an leathery espresso edge on the finish. Best from
2012 through 2020"