Nose

The wine is perfumed with Bing cherry, Santa Rosa plum and damp clay.  

Palate

The focused palate is firmly structured, opening with perfectly ripened juicy raspberry and crushed blackberry that yield to luscious dark chocolate and nutmeg.  Notes of star anise and bergamot tantalize the mid‐palate.  Velvety, suave tannins and a touch of clove linger over a lengthy finish. 

Growing Conditions

2011 began with a rainy winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Summer was cooler than average but as harvest approached temperatures rose.   Our pinot noir ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance.  The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts  5‐day cold soak, 15 days total maceration    Hand‐punched cap  Direct to press; 5% whole cluster  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 63% new.

Appearance

Brilliant deep ruby in color, our Katherine Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir is recognized for its exceptional balance of elegance and power.