2011 Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir •Durell Vineyard
California: Sonoma County
Like a Rowland Stone
There’s a lot to like about Rowland Tebb’s wildly complex, built for the cellar 2011 Pinot Noir from the famous Durell Vineyard at the southern Sonoma intersection of Valley, Coast, and Carneros. The vineyard sits on an ancient rubble field, its soil thick with stones. You can really taste what makes the site so unique with strong mineral, earth, and forest floor character throughout. 2011 went down as a challenging vintage in Northern California, but for Operatives in the know, the cooler conditions yielded terrific Pinot Noir in tiny quantities from top growers. Like this 190 case production stunner.
Light garnet, translucent. Traditional looking Pinot Noir.
Intense smoked black tea, rock, and meaty red fruit scents dominate. A cool climate nose that’s reminiscent of red Burgundy or Oregon Pinot Noir. Forest floor, mushroom, and black cherries.
As with many successful 2011 Pinot Noirs from great vineyards, there’s less big fruit flavor, and more complexity and nerve. Black cherry takes the lead with lots of spicy earth, minerality, and classic Pinot Noir character.
There’s a black tea grip to the elegant red fruit profile that is important to both pairing the Durell with food, or aging it for 3-5 years for maximum impact. Like Nebbiolo from Piedmont, or Pinot Noir grown in Burgundy, this likes 30 minutes in a carafe before dinner to let the air work on opening up the fruit.
Really great to pair up with duck confit, anything with mushrooms, grilled salmon, or with gooey cheese on a hot baguette. Thanksgiving 2018 anyone?
What the Winery Says
- Kevin Rowland
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Vineyard Source
- Durell Vineyard, Sonoma
- 14 months in 60% new French oak
- Alcohol Content
- Cases Produced