(2011 Vintage) This vintage of Director’s Pinot Noir blends grapes from Carneros, which produces fruit with spice and earth notes, with grapes from the Russian River Valley, an area known for creating rich, dense wines noted for bright cherry and cranberry flavors. As a result of combining fruit from two appellations, we designate this wine "Sonoma Coast.” Both of these regions experience a cool climate and fog that rolls in from the coast, conditions that favor Pinot Noir. Once our fruit is placed in tanks after harvest, we perform punch downs each day in our open-top fermenters in order to coax from our grapes as much color and flavor as possible. Because this wine represents optimal vintage conditions, it’s even more deeply colored and dense than last vintage.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIf somewhat simple and narrow in overall cast, this highly serviceable young wine is certain to be enjoyed for its recognizable Pinot Noir character from nose to its supple feel on the palate and its smooth, if slightly restrained finish. Its ripeness suggests service with lamb, and its underlying angularity points it toward marinated cuts.