Arroyo Grande Valley
September 2- 28, 2011
18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new
Fermented with native yeasts in 1.5 ton fermenters
2011 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 Points by the Wine Advocate
Dark ruby in color, this wine balances rich aromas of boysenberry, vanilla and rose hips with hints of white pepper and mineral. On the palate there are delicate flavors of cranberry, light herbs and chalky minerals characteristic of the site. This full bodied wine has a velvety texture that finishes with elegant, graceful tannins. The 2011 Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir pairs well with a pan seared duck breast.
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.