I strongly believe this is the best vintage I have put into bottle to date!
The 2011 vintage was certainly the most challenging vintage I have experienced in my career as a winemaker. The combination of spring frost, extreme winds at flowering, and higher than normal humidity levels coupled with cool summer temperatures, made working in the vineyard really difficult. These poor growing conditions left us with very little fruit on the vine, in certain spots I was almost 60% below my normal yields.
The summer was exceptionally cool, much like 2010, and while this would normally be an issue, the cool growing season was balanced perfectly by the low requirement on each vine to ripen fruit as there was so little hanging on each vine. While a small crop is never really something to get excited about, it was the perfect combination for the vintage. The results are a group of wines with exceptional depth and intensity while still retaining brilliant acidity.