Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir 2011
AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietalPinot Noir
Harvest Date2011-09-08
Harvest Brix22.2°

Earthy rose petal, potpourri aromas, red fruit backed by an elegant body and juicy savory finish.

Tasting Notes

Because the grape really never saw excessive amounts of hot sun, the skins were thin so the color is very light however once one puts their face in the glass, they're taken to back to Burgundy. In fact, this vintage didn't produce your typical RRV Pinot Noir with big ripe cherry flavors, etc, rather than mushroom, potpourri, or forest floor aromas. Not being a big fan of the over extracted, muscle-bound style that's commonly produced in the RRV, I am thrilled to offer something more akin to an Oregonian Pinot Noir. Elegant, different and delicious. Many wineries seeking the breakneck sugars will tell you 2011 was the worst vintage in years! I offer you the most interesting Pinor Noir I've made in 13 years.

Winemaker Notes

2011 will go down in local history as the coldest, wettest season in the past 40 years. A moderately warm spring set above average fruit load then the worst case scenario happened, the summer of 2011 became cold, drizzly and wet. The fog in our neighborhood would burn off around 2 pm verses the typical 9-11 am burn off. The lack of overt sun forced us to drop fruit and pull excessive amounts of foliage in order to allow the nearly non-present sun to reach into the inner canopy. The grapes from the three vineyards were processed as we typically do with Pinot Noir. The individual lots were aged separate for the first 8 months then blended and bottled with a very gentle touch.

Cooperage Notes

10% new french oak