n the deep end of the Anderson Valley, at an elevation of 400 feet, lies the hillside Klindt Vineyard. This is certainly one of the most daring vineyard locations in California: its ultra cool climate puts Pinot Noir to the test, even in ideal years. The clonal selections, Pommard 113 and 777, are well laid out on the slope’s different aspects to capture the needed daylight hours and achieve maturity in this challenging climate.
The 2011 growing season was one of the wettest, coolest, and latest in California history. It was ideal for the development of nuanced, elegant Pinot Noir in Anderson Valley. We picked the grapes at 23 brix on October 2, late in evening, beating the rain by less than 12 hours.
The lasting impression of our 2011 vintage is one of purity and elegance. It has an ethereal, perfumed nose of sweet raspberry and cherry, and an underlying root vegetable earthiness, perhaps owing to the small percentage of whole clusters. The tannins are sweet, and ample acidity keeps it nervy, balanced and penetrating. It has proven to be precocious and ready to drink earlier than prior vintages. This wine exemplifies the best of a cool climate Pinot Noir.
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