Sand Hill Winery
2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Today’s Pip Wines 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a delightful and very highly recommended wine from our friends at Dunstan Wines.
This lovely, bright and juicy Pinot Noir has a secret that we’ve been authorized to divulge: it was crafted from declassified fruit from Dunstan’s own Durell Vineyard. This means that the wine was made from fruit that is grown in the same vineyard as this wine’s more expensive Dunstan brethren. Which makes today’s offering a wine that delivers a drinking experience well above its price classification. It is an extraordinary value.
Today’s wine was made by Kenneth Juhasz, who is winemaker extraordinaire for The Donum Estate, Robert Stemmler and Dunstan Wines in Sonoma County, and Pali Wine Company in the Santa Rita Hills. He is also winemaker for Auteur Wines, a winery that he owns and operates with his wife Laura. Kenneth is a respected master of California and Oregon Pinot Noir.
Today’s Pip Wines 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a remarkable inaugural Pinot offering from our friends at Dunstan Wines and we offer it to you with our heartiest recommendation.
A wonderfully dark ruby core that falls off nicely to a slightly pink rim.
Lush and full on the nose, with fruity aromas of braised cherry, rhubarb, and orange zest overlaying notes of raspberry bramble and subtle clove.
Rich and robust on the palate, with deep, concentrated flavors of stewed red cherry, braised blackberry, and pomegranate black tea playing a perfect counterbalance to notes of subtle dark spice and sweet tobacco.
A wonderfully balanced, sustained finish, with a wealth of red fruit and black pepper lingering through a smooth, lasting finale.
We would highly recommend serving this balanced and food friendly wine with a grilled duck breast and balsamic blueberry reduction.
What the Winery Says
2011 proved to be the coldest vintage in Sonoma since 1943. Cool temperatures during flowering in June compounded with rare, early summer rains reduced our potential crop by 20%. The absence of any real “summer” weather required us to thin each vine’s crop to ensure an even ripening come September. Slow and steady ripening of our Pinot Noir allowed the fruit flavors to mature with lighter must-weights, brighter acidity and balanced alcohol.
The resulting wine has flavors of bright and fragrant red cherry, pomegranate and cinnamon spice on the nose continues with a hint of smoky vanilla and crushed strawberries. On the palate the Pip Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with soft, ripe tannins and flavors of muddled raspberry and tangy black cherry with a juicy finish.
- Kenneth Juhasz
- Sonoma Coast, California
- 15 months in French oak (20% new)
- 316 Cases
About the Winery
Sand Hill Wines produces a single Pinot Noir (500 cases) and a Chardonnay (300 cases) from the renowned Durell Vineyard in the Sonoma Valley appellation. Durell Vineyard was planted in 1979 by owner Ed Durell and vineyard manager Steve Hill. The current owners are Elanor Phipps Price and Bill Price.
The Durell Vineyard extends from the southern end of the Sonoma Valley into the western end of the cool Carneros region. Perhaps the most famous producer sourcing grapes from this vineyard is Kistler Vineyards.