2011 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2011 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir is the 10th vintage we've produced of this wine. The growing seasons of 2002 and 2011 were very different, as were the clones that went into the wines, and of course the vineyard was 9 years older in 2011 than in 2002. The resulting wines are remarkably similar though with the 2011 being slightly more backward and age worthy.
2011 was the second summer in a row that almost never happened. We saw fog, wind and almost no sun in July and August. The year started out with a rainy winter and a cold spring that surprised us with a large storm on June 28, one week into summer. The tiny crop hung right through some early fall rains and was finally harvested September 30 and October 8.
Our 2011 Rosella's Pinot Noir is a mix of 50% Dijon clones 113 and 667 and 50% Pisoni selection. The acre and a half of 113 are some of the oldest vines at Rosella's dating back to 1996. We produced the 113 entirely with whole cluster fermentation, meaning no destemming at all. The 667 and Pisoni were destemmed.
Starting with aromas of sandalwood, black raspberries and cola, the '11 Rosella's enters the palate with plenty of up front fruit, framed nicely by firm tannins and acidity. The berry and signature Santa Lucia Highlands spicy Pinot flavors linger long into the finish. We predict this wine will be at its best between 2016 and 2022.