976 cases produced
A cold, lingering, winter gave a late start to the 2011 growing season, and left us praying for a low fruit-set and a warm summer. Mother-nature had other ideas. Fruit-set was virtually perfect with nearly every berry in the young clusters maturing, yielding much heavier cluster weights than normal. With rigorous and frequent green thinning, we brought our crop-loads to under half of what they were early in the season, pushing ripeness in this mild and cool growing season. In October, growers were blessed with a sunny, dry Indian summer, giving us longer hang-time, and a beautiful picking window. The last bit of fruit was picked on November 2nd, making 2011 the latest harvest in Patton Valley history.
Up front, this wine is all red fruit with candied cherry and strawberry, accompanied by sweet pipe tobacco, zesty lemon and hints of bramble, boysenberry and flowers. Lighter and prettier than the 2010 vintage, the 2011 Estate Pinot noir is elegant with more cherry, subtle black pepper and English breakfast tea. The palate is lightly textured with balanced acidity, soft, supple tannins and a lengthy finish. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.