Stone Corral Vineyard
September 30- October 4, 2011
18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
Fermented with native yeasts in 1.5 ton fermenters
2011 Stone Corral Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum
93 Points by Antonio Galloni
Deep garnet in color, this wine has a vibrant bouquet layered with juicy notes of black cherry balanced by savory hints of nutmeg, sweet tobacco and cedar. This full-bodied pinot noir has plush flavors consistent with the aromas, as black fruits mingle with mineral and spice notes. On the palate, the texture is rich with medium tannins and a long, dusty finish. This pinot noir best compliments pork tenderloin and rack of lamb.
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.