|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 18, 22, 29 & October 1, 3, 8|
|Fermentation:||Cold soaked for eight days and fermented with indigenous yeast for more than two weeks|
|Bottling Date:||February, 2013|
This low yielding vintage provided the raw materials to produce a truly outstanding Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas are clearly dominated by bright red fruit tones of Bing cherry and red raspberry, while black fruits dominate on the palette. The bright aromas expand and give way to candied orange peel and East Asian spice notes. On the palate the wines juicy mouthfeel is supported by centered acidity building with intensity through the mid-palate to the fine grain tannins on the finish. Tannins are beautifully proportioned and provide backbone to the wines sweet middle and delicate earthy finish.
The 2011 vintage was defined by a very long and cold growing season, bracketed by abundant rainfall in the spring and fall. Greater than average rainfall in the spring pushed the growing season back through delayed bud break because of cold and wet soils. Spring and summer in the Russian River Valley persisted with cold and foggy weather, resulting in only a couple of days over 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This cold weather delayed ripening and pushed harvest back nearly one month. The yield was small but the grapes were of exceptionally high quality, with crisp acidity, gorgeous aromatics and intense flavors.
Selected blocks of our estate vineyards and a handful of small growers are united to create this beautiful Russian River Pinot Noir. In farming each site, our intent is to maximize the character and individuality of each location by utilizing the most progressive viticultural techniques. Harvested at night, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation. This blend is a collection of heirloom clones of Pinot Noir like Calera, Swan, Pommard, Mt. Eden, and Chalone, as well as newer French selections like Dijon 828 and 943.