If we had and Estate Pinot Noir, this would be it. It is our largest production Pinot Noir and represents our best expression of this neighborhood of the Russian River Valley – mostly within Green Valley or adjacent to it. ALL of the fruit that went into this was pre-rain and harvested at our typical ripeness levels. It is a perfect illustration (as was our 2011 OMV Zinfandel) of unchallenged fruit in a vintage with a reputation for being challenging. Together, with the 2011 Sonoma County bottling, this makes a great illustration of two high points in a harvest season with two very different facets.
Perfectly ripe fruit that shows both the relative generosity of the region as well as the structure provided by great natural acidity and appropriate tannin, this is probably my favorite vintage for this bottling of our last four releases. Yes, really. Red and black fruits, hard-to-pin-down perfumes, slight herbal nuances, hints of freshly tilled loam all take turns on the aroma. There is enough juicy acidity here to make it work with a wide range of foods even some that favor white wine – although I prefer to have it with more traditional pairings at the moment. Having rested in bottle for the last year and a half, it is still quite young and benefits from being open for hours. The second half of a bottle left overnight absolutely sings. This wine can run the marathon.