Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel 2011
Spicy black pepper and perfumed black fruits.
Inside this bottle of 2011 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel, one finds intense perfumed black fruit and earthy spice aromas, while on the finish juicy black pepper lingers with gobs of dark berry. The acids in 2011 were much lower than normal, allowing this vintage to be enjoyed earlier than our other vintages... SO DRINK UP!!! One of my favorite Zinfandels to date.
barrel aged for 20 months in only neutral, seasoned oak.
The 2001 growing season brought to wine country the coolest summer patterns in nearly four decades. July temperatures in our backyard peaked at a mere 72 degrees; the ground and roots never really heated up enough to bring classic Sonoma County ripe, ripe flavors into the clusters. However, this vintage is a stunning one, not due to the full- throttle fruit profiles, but rather the emphasis on the complex layers of spice and overt black pepper. In 12 years of crafting wine, I have never experienced the power of perfumey black pepper and these abundant layers of spice. The cool Russian River afternoons kept the skins thinner than normal, offering a lighter-bodied, paler colored wine. However, lighter color does not mean fewer aromas and certainly not less flavor.
Non, light and medium toast oak chips were added at crush and 20% medium toast french oak was used during the first 8 months of aging.