2011 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard

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Winemaker's Notes:

Located a few miles west of Sebastopol on the edge of the newly expanded Russian River Valley appellation, lies Peters Vineyard, the backbone of our production. An ideal location for Pinot Noir, this former apple orchard is blanketed by the cool ocean fog in the mornings and evenings, coaxing out the grapes’ best flavors. The hot sunny days intensify the fruit, and create just the flavor profile we are looking for in our  wine.

Peters Vineyard was our first-ever vineyard designate, and we continue to enjoy a close relationship with grower Randy Peters. His expert vineyard management helps us to consistently produce this incredibly luscious wine.

We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and  aging. This gives us many more blending options. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to  ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine into Francois Frères French oak barrels, and then age for 11 months before bottling.


Tasting Notes:

Another inviting, vibrant offering from the Peters Vineyard, this wine begins with a rich ruby color and a pretty nose.  Enjoy an impressive grouping of white flowers, spicy toast and sweet red fruit aromas.  Mouthwatering acidity delivers striking flavors in the wine, with Bing cherry and raspberry at the core.  Drink now through 2021.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
Sept 27-Oct 2, 2011
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
10 months in Francois Frères French oak, 40% new, 60% 1 & 2 year old
676 cases 750 ml / 16 cases 1.5ml
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2011 Pinot Noir ~ Russian River Valley ~ Peters Vineyard