2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The memorable vintage of 2011 was an interesting one for all west coast Pinot growers and winemakers. We had our second freezing cold summer in a row, but unlike the warm ending to the 2010 growing year, 2011 remained cool, and the fall rains started even earlier. The minute crop levels were even lower than we imagined they'd be as we counted clusters all summer. In some respects, it's a miracle that we not only harvested Pinot Noir in 2011, but that it turned out to make fairly nice wine. It was 2006 all over again, in a way.
The 2011 August West Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of predominantly Graham Family Vineyard along with a few barrels of Keefer Ranch. The clones that make up the wine are 667, 777, 23, Swan and Calera. It was bottled in mid-August 2012, so we recommend a long decanting if you're going to try it soon. It should drink well from 2014 through 2020.