2011 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Expansive raspberry, cranberry, savory herbs and dried rose petal aromas followed by ultra-concentrated tangy red cherry, black currant, earthy minerality and peppery spice on the palate. Racy acidity and firm tannins meld for a powerful finish touched with tangerine peel.
Winemaking Data The Quarter Moon Vineyard is located in closer proximity to the coastal influences than our other estate plantings and therefore exposed to increased wind while maintaining an even overnight temperature pattern during the growing season. In 2011, the best blocks from the vineyard were chosen for this blend, an even mixture of clone 459 and Calera. Half of the fruit was whole berry fermented in stainless steel tanks and the other half was whole cluster fermented in open-top oak tanks, stems snipped. Daily punch downs were performed until the wine’s desired taste and texture was achieved.
The 2011 growing season was marked by cool weather and rain that lasted until June. Bud break and bloom were later than usual, but by the summer months, moderate temperatures and afternoon sunshine kicked the growing season into gear. A warming trend in September helped the grapes ripen to maturity.
The 2011 Pinot Noir growing season was slow and cool, producing exceptional fruit with uniform sugar and acid levels, making for ideal natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are nicely balanced and concentrated, with a lingering Freestone spice element.
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red with ruby highlights. Highly spicy aromas of licorice and black tea. Savory and quite dry, with salty minerality currently holding the upper hand over dark berries. Gained sweetness and pliancy with aeration but this is in a much more muscular style than the Pastorale. Very low residual sugar here. (May 2013)
95 Points & Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
Credit the cool vintage for this Pinot's mouthwatering acidity. The wine is rich but pristine with fruit, a testament to Phelps' superb viticultural practices and and attention to detail at the sorting table. It's dry and crisp, yet rich and delicious, with flavors of strawberry and raspberry jam, rose hip tea and cedar, The tannins give the wine a velvety grip. (Mar. 2014)
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2011 Pinot Noir Quarter Moon Vineyard reveals noted of charcuterie, cherry jam and hints of raspberries and lavender. This rich, medium to full-bodied, strong 2011 should drink nicely for 5-6 years. (Dec. 2013)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 22 & 29, 2011
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 60% new and 40% two-to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling in February 2013.