2011 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
2011 will be remembered for all of the challenges we faced in the vineyard throughout the growing season. It was the second summer in a row that wasn't really a summer, but unlike 2010, it never heated up in August and September. We also saw very late spring rains as well as early fall rains. There was a tiny crop, the smallest yet in the 2007-2011 period of below normal crop levels.
The wines turned out surprisingly well in spite of all the hurdles we jumped in 2011. This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is a blend of Rosella's, Sierra Mar and Soberanes Vineyards. This was the first year we worked with Soberanes fruit, the neighboring vineyard to Garys'. The clones that make up the wine are Pisoni, 667, 113, 23 and Swan.
Because of the cool summer and fall weather, the tannins in the wine are more pronounced than in our usual Pinots, but this should add some longevity and may require extra decanting time if you're trying it soon. Expect this 2011 AW SLH Pinot to be at its peak around 2018.