2011 Pinot Noir
The 2011 growing season was a volatile one. Rain and wind near budbreak resulted in an uneven set so the crop was short. Cool, rainy weather all summer slowed growth appreciably all year. As harvest neared, more rain in the forecast had everyone on edge.
The area we source our Pinot from escaped the brunt of this difficult vintage. Located in the Russian River Valley, at the foot of a steep slope, the Ketcham Estate Vineyards grow some fantastic fruit. Using most of his fruit for his own program, we are thrilled to get a couple of tons each year.
Hand harvested on September 19th, before the fall rains came in, we purchased two Dijon clones, the 667 and the 777, which are notable for their dark, concentrated berry flavors, and more dense color.
This wine was fermented using 20% whole clusters and aged in French oak (50% new) for 18 months before going to bottle. Aged for another 4 months in bottle before release, this wine is drinking beautifully right now. With notes of cola and smoke, with a mouthful of dark berries and baking spice, the nose has just a hint of forest and mushroom. This wine is a big and masculine representation of Pinot, and will age beautifully for many years. 4 barrels produced.