2011 Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ Charles Vineyard

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Winemaker's Notes:

The Charles Vineyard is located in the Southeast part of Boonville along the Anderson creek in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The Charles family has been in Boonville on this property since 1950 when the land was a lumber mill, then a cattle ranch and converted to vineyards in 1999. What makes this an ideal location for Pinot Noir is it’s location; the Anderson Valley opens to the ocean so the cool coastal influences on the weather can cause as much as 50 degree fluctuations in temperature in a single day.  This vineyard is meticulously tended and contains clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard on three different root stocks.

As with all of our Pinot Noir, we cold-soaked the grapes for three to four days and then introduced select yeasts. Once fermentation began, we hand-punched the must in open-top fermenters at least four times a day to keep the               temperature and oxygen at the right levels for the yeast to remain active. Once fermentation was over, the wine was gently pressed and aged for 11 months in Francois Frères oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

This medium ruby-colored wine offers an enticing nose filled with floral and spice notes.  The heady nose leads to a vibrant, well-structured palate driven by brambly, cherry flavors and minerality.  Nicely balanced acidity and some soft tannins at the finish provide a refreshing, well-structured wine with depth that will continue to build over time.  Drink now through 2021.

Anderson Valley
Harvest Date
Sept 23-Oct 2, 2011
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
10 months in Francois Frères French oak, 60% new new, 40% 1 & 2 year old
699 cases / 750 ml 16 case / 1.5L
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2011 Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~  Charles Vineyard