2011 Donnelly Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: October 12th, 2010
Grape Source: Donnelly Creek Vineyard
Clonal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
4 Clones: (38% Stang, 26% Pommard, 21% Elliott, 15% Dijon 113)
Aging: 10 months in French Oak Barrels
50% new and 50% once used
Production: 1257 cases
Release Date: September 2012
Winemaker: David Tate
Vineyard Notes: The Donnelley Creek Vineyard is located in the Anderson Valley, just outside of the township of Boonville, a region moderated throughout the year by warm sunny days and pacific winds. The grapes from this vineyard come from two different positions, the first bench being deep loam and cobbled stones, the other bench being red soil heavier in iron. The layers and uniqueness of each lot combine to produce a very complex distinctive wine. After working with the Vineyard owner over the last few years, Mary Elke, we recognized the exceptional quality of the fruit and expanded the clones we receive from Donnelly Creek.
Winemaker Notes: This hand picked Pinot Noir was cold soaked for 3-4 days with dry ice in small open top fermenters and punched down twice daily. Both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were completed partly through indigenous cultures. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak. The individual clones were racked and blended before bottling.
Tasting Notes: The 2011 Donnelly Creek is more of a deeper richer style of Pinot. Black cherry, boysenberry and pomegranate dominate the primary aromatics, while dusty cinnamon and cedar are more apparent afterwards. This is the richest Donnelly Creek yet. Similar fruit from the nose comes out on the pallet, but more spice (mostly ground pepper) is much stronger here. Very firm tannins are balanced by the acidity. This full rich wine will hold nicely over the next 7-8 years (2019-2020).