Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Native 9 Pinot Noir “Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards” Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County.
This ultra Pinot is a stunning wine that just might rate as best of vintage for 2008, and is a beautiful and pure Pinot Noir that should not be missed! Native 9’s winemaker used to be the assistant winemaker at Alban and his also makes a fine Syrah as well, but this Pinot is a real star. The nose is deep and perfumed, as it unfolds you get violets, crushed berries, mineral spice and sweet smoky notes. The palate is filling and vibrant with blueberry, cherry and plum leading the way along with exotic spices, vanilla and a lingering berry finish. The balance is suburb and the depth and length are more than impressive. ($45 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive