2011 VALERIE’S VINEYARD
The 9th vintage, the 2011 Valerie’s Vineyard Pinot Noir continues where each previous vintage left off, incredible! Valerie’s one-acre Carneros vineyard has come of age and we think that vintage to vintage this one is another winner. The winemaking and attention to detail has never been better as witnessed by the run of 90 scores we received from the PinotFile (92) and Anthony Dias Blue in Tasting Panel (90). The 2011 extols a rich velvety mouth-feel and well balanced fruit, oak and tannins. The cherry/plum flavors blend with traditional Burgundian nuisances such as cola and tea.
The French oak program of new and two-year old French oak from numerous makers has created a unique flavor profile and aging regimen. The wine lives no less than 18 months in the oak. With consistent winemaking and vineyard practices, the terroir of this one-acre vineyard has taken hold.
There were 90 cases produced of 2011. The wine retails at $40 bottle depending where it is purchased.
The soon to be released 2012 vintage marks a big change for the brand. We moved from our long-time home at B.R. Cohn up the hill in Glen Ellen to Benziger Family Winery for production. Back when we started in 2002 winemaker Jeff McBride was the winemaker of record. He had to move on but lo and behold he is now the head of winemaking at Benziger and guess what, we are reunited. Our organic program fits well with the bio-dynamic sensibilities at Benziger
There will be 100 plus cases of 2012, and initial reports on quality are great. Should be released in June.
We had solid success with the 2010 in New York and locally and we received some great press including 90 scores in Pinot Report, Pinot File and Burghound. Like every vintage, the 10 is now sold-out.