2011 Pinot Noir Reserve
Terroir is a French word meaning that certain something that exists because of the unique combination of climate, soil, rainfall, grape type and other critical factors that exist in a very specific locale. It is, in essence, the taste of place. And no other varietal reflects its sense of place more than the temperamental Pinot Noir grape. It’s a fascinating wine that, as Miles in the movie Sideways rhapsodized, has flavors that are “the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet.” Our 2011 Reserve is comprised of the five barrels that represent our best lots of the 2011 vintage. A blend of Pinot Noir clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard, it is an elegant wine with aromas of black cherry and ripe plum with a hint of vanilla and earthy truffles. The well-integrated oak blends with the dark fruit components on the palate, leaving a rich, full mouthfeel with soft tannins.