2011 Pinot Noir Cuvee Leah Mae - Wine Enthusiast 93pts


To say the entire 2011 year, vintage & resulting wines were a "challenge" would possibly be the understatement of the year.

In December 2011, after harvest, our second child arrived and she was perfect & balanced. I was dreading having to one day explain to her why there wasn't a commemorative birth year namesake wine, as there was for her big brother.

Lucky for me, and for her, the 2011 wines finally sorted themselves out with a little extended barrel age, and eventually became phenomenal!

There wasn't much tonnage to start with in 2011. I very carefully selected the best of the best.
59% Sierra Madre Vineyard Pommard clone
41% Premier Vineyard Dijon clone 115

Aged in both 228L & 320L 100% new French Oak barrels for 30 months.

A very exotic spice, silky fruit driven vintage with impeccable fruit to acid balance.

13.5% Alcohol by volume. 92 cases produced.

Wine Enthusiast Aug 2016: "The wine combines both the richer, ripe style of Pinot Noir with an under-ripe, herbaceous strategy. Dill, thyme, bay leaf and camphor show on the nose, as does dense elderberry and cranberry. The palate offers much woody intensity as well as green olives, baked tomatoes, peppercorns and annatto seeds, yet also shows baked black plum as the core fruit. Quite an intriguing combo." 93pts. Matt Kettmann