Nearly half the fruit in the 2009 comes from the Pyramid site – a steep, rugged ranch in the mountains between Chalk Hill and Knights Valley. That vineyard’s charter is reflected in every aspect of the wine – not just the dark color, but its smell and taste: aromas of plums, black cherry, dust, and leather with an almost sweet beginning on the tongue, followed by blackberry and plums on the mid-palate and a long, rather high-tone finish. This wine is just starting to drink as it should and still has another five years or so to be at its best.