Wine Maker Notes
2011 was maybe one of the most challenging growing seasons in quite some time. The season started with record-breaking low temperatures in the spring, which led to a late budbreak. May brought 20 days of rain (double the historic average), and with many vineyards in the midst of bloom it led to stunted crops and clusters that matured unevenly. Summer was cool, with plenty of fog and cloud cover. In late August, the sun and heat finally arrived with a vengeance. Temperatures sizzled above 100° F for days on end, breaking records around northern California. Yields on all varieties were down, but despite the headaches, winemakers say quality was surprisingly good as long as wineries were aggres- sive with dropping the bad fruit in the vineyards and sorting out the good. The wines overall have good acidity and fine aromatic qualities, reflecting the overall cool season.
Our 2011 Pinot Noir is mostly comprised of two different Sonoma Coast sub-appellations; The Petaluma Gap and the Carneros regions. The wind and the fog are the Petaluma Gap’s trademarks. The fruit from this cooler area adds depth and complexity to this medium-bodied Pinot Noir while the Carneros influence provides fleshy fruit notes that linger on the palate. These cooler climates help keep the grape acidity at advantageous levels to balance the wine’s smooth, soft tannins. This is an all around crowd pleasing Pinot Noir.
Pair this wine with chicken enchiladas Suiza, tri-mushroom bordelaise served with rosemary flatbread. Also try chocolate dipped Madeleine’s or crepes with chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries.