The vintage: Two thousand eleven was the second consecutive cool vintage for Northern California and a great reminder as to why the Anderson Valley is so well suited growing the varieties of Alsace and Burgundy. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and all of the aromatic white varieties thrive in cool years and 2011 was no exception. A cold spring was followed by atypical June rains, but the heart of the growing season July through September was even and pleasantly warm. The late rains kept us busy in the vineyards keeping the weeds down and hedging the vines to limit vigor. With veraison finishing in early September, it was clear we would have another late vintage and indeed, harvest lasted in to November for the first time in Breggos history.
Vineyards: A blend of numerous clones including Pommard, Mt. Eden, Martini, and Dijon clones from Donnelly Creek, Savoy, and Ferrington vineyards in the Anderson Valley Appellation.
Harvest: September 23 through October 19, at an average of 24.0° Brix
Fermentation: The 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir went through a five to seven day cold soak at 55°F, nine day uninoculated primary fermentation at 88-94°F, followed by three to seven day extended maceration.
Aging: Aged thirteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels 42% new. Coopers include Claude Gillet, Cadus, Rousseau, Francois Freres and Sirugue.
Technical Notes: Alcohol: 13.5 % pH: 3.71 Total Acid: 5.8 g/L
Cases Crafted: One thousand seven hundred and twenty cases (seventy two barrels) bottled on November 30, 2012
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Winemakers Comments: Our 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is composed primarily from vineyards around Boonville in the warmer end of the valley which performed exceptionally well in the cooler vintage. Aromatics of cherry, truffle, cocoa, cola, leap from the glass. In the mouth, bright fruit flavors including plum, pomegranate, and Logan berry mingle with subtle notes of caraway and sweet toast. Long tannins contribute to the finely textured finish that keep the taster reaching for another sip. Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker