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.