Arroyo Grande Valley
September 13- 27, 2011
18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
Fermented with native yeasts in 1.5 ton fermenters, including 30% whole clusters
2011 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 Points by the Wine Advocate
Ruby in color, this wine boasts sweet aromas of cranberry and licorice with hints of forest floor, wet slate and leather. The mid-palate is silky in texture with flavors of black plum and bright mineral that finish long with soft, lingering tannins. Try the 2011 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir with savory braised short ribs or lamb chops.
The 2011 year began with above average rainfall in Southern San Luis Obispo County. Though we were spared the late spring frost that affected other areas, fruit set was reduced by wet spring conditions and yields were about 30% below average. One of the coolest summers on record resulted in long hang time and grapes with high natural acidity. The resulting wines balance refreshing acidity with concentrated flavors due to the low yields.