Yield: 2.8 tons per acre
Harvest: September 8th-20th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.2° Brix, 3.45 pH, 7.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy 75% new; aged 11 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2013; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2014
Forgive me for being nostalgic but this wine reminds me of our 1991 at this stage. Technically the 1991 and the 2012 are similar, sharing commonalities of a drought year, a late harvest, a good yield and early-on precision and balance.
Over time the 1991 has blossomed into one of the best Pinots we have made in the past 25 years. Only problem is— I didn’t keep enough in our library.
The 2012 has classic aromas of earth, raspberry, cardamom and toasty oak that fill the glass. Elegant flavors echo the nose, adding intensity and weight through the finish.
This is Pinot Noir in its most natural expression: complex, graceful and terroir driven. Given what I experienced with the 1991 it will pay dividends over the next twenty years.