2011 Verdad Sawyer Lindquist Vyd Pinot Noir
The estate grown grapes were fermented with 45% whole clusters using the grapes’ native yeasts. The wine was punched down by hand twice a day in open top fermenters. The wine was then aged for a year and a half in 50% new Françoise Fréres Burgundy barrels.
2011 was a very cool vintage. In Edna Valley we typically had a heavy marine layer that would barely burn off by mid-day and return in the early evening. Because of the small crop size and optimum hill side growing site, the Pinot Noir achieved perfect ripeness with enough acidity to make this a well-structured wine of great finesse.
This Pinot Noir exhibits pretty berry perfume with hints of crushed autumn leaves. It is elegant and balanced and reveals flavors of fresh cherries and rose petals that are framed with hints of tea, spice and toasted oak.