2011 Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir
Focused aromas of marion berry, with a touch of juniper and spruce. The palate is silky and balanced with a firm backbone and notes of blood orange and fresh cherry. Drink now through 2020.
Pairings: Rabbit , Lamb and Select Cheeses.
Cerise is a celebrated vineyard planted on the steep southwest facing hillside slopes just north of the town of Boonville in the Anderson Valley AVA. Saintsbury’s relationship with the site formed in 2005. We enjoy 4.3 acres from this spectacular 37 acre-vineyard.
Appellation: Anderson Valley AVA
Clones: Dijon 115,667,777 and Pommard
Terroir: A self limiting hillside vineyard that sits between 700 and 1100ft above the Valley floor. Shallow gravely loam soils provide excellent drainage.
A cooler than average year, with the least amount of degree days since tracking them in the 1980s. The low temperatures and extended time on the vine made for graceful aromatics and vibrant acidity in all our wines. 2011 is considered “winemaker’s vintage” meaning nature offered up a challenge and thanks to many years of making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we were able to create beautiful wines by executing on sound decisions in the vineyard and cellar.
After night harvesting , the fruit from the Cerise Vineyard travels to Saintsbury . From there, each block remains separate and receives gentle handling starting on the sorting table and to the open top fermenters for 5 day cold soak, 10 day total cuvaison.
Aging: 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud)
Case Production: 166