The Etesian wind tempers the warm days of summer in the eastern Mediterranean. Similarly, in California the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean cools the vineyards of Sonoma, promoting superb natural balance and well-developed flavors in our Pinot Noir grapes.
The nose opens with spicy black cherry and earth with cedar and blackberry. These notes continue on to the mouth with spice and jammy black cherry with toasty oak and bramble.
Vintage 2011 gave us the smallest yields in the history of our vineyards. Tiny berries plus a small crop provided a high skin to juice ratio that produced generous wines. A long cool growing season delayed harvest by as much as two weeks. This long growing season provided extra "hang time" giving the fruit more time to develop flavor and concentration and substantial mature tannins.