Aromas of cool raspberry, white pepper, violet and clove jump from the glass.
The palate is full of boisterous fruit yet retains the sublime nuance and delineation of 2011, no doubt helped by the utilization of native yeast.
The 2011 Avion is again sourced from the same tiny vineyard at 1200 feet elevation in the gorgeous hills between Sonoma and Petaluma. The plantings here are in deep, rocky volcanic soils and are mainly clone 667, with a bit of 115. The long, cool growing season allowed for gentle ripening and many mornings and afternoons, the vines were bathed in the whispery fog that often dominates the area.
Yields were miniscule this year, and we ended up with less than six barrels.