2011 Pinot Noir, 'Center of Effort'
We cannot say enough about the singularity of this wine. It was born out of the most challenging vintage conditions which we have encountered, and forced us to rethink much of the timing, tools, and techniques which we rely upon in our winemaking. We harvested in tiny increments, and sorted each cluster twice prior to berry sorting. Whole-cluster fermentation, which has usually been a component of our winemaking, was excluded from the final blend in 2011, and the new French oak component was a bit lower than has been the case in the past.
In the end, we bottled a small, very concentrated cuvée of eight barrels which represented the very best result of the vintage. The wine has freshness and dark tones in equal measure, and manages to show both fruit and spice notes in turn. Decanting for an hour or so before service will allow a fuller expression of the nuance of the wine, and due to the level of concentration and the structural build this bottling is a key candidate for mid-term cellaring. (Only 340 six-bottle cases were produced.)