(From 2012 Vintage) With the 2012 Two Brothers, we have kept the representation of vineyards consistent with the 2011. By most standards, 2012 was a very consistent growing season, allowing the fruit to mature at a moderate rate. Our constant pressure on the vine for early water stress set the stage for great flavor expression and texture in the finished wine. As the Two Brothers Pinot evolves in our portfolio, so does our approach. We like to create the blend like a director composes a scene – by evaluating it from every angle. This pinot represents a confluence of influence – the interaction of multiple sites, subsections of blocks, whole-cluster inclusion, and new French oak. As with previous vintages, the 2012 expresses a dynamic juxtaposition of red fruits and forest fruits, alongside nutmeg and cedar. Paired with food, each of these is highlighted in its own way, and are together balanced with baking spice, fine tannin, and freshness.
Our love of Pinot noir is driven by spice-laden fruit on palates of tension and finesse. The lush fruit of California Pinot noir can be balanced by cool sites where raspberry and cherry notes are complemented with savory elements inherent in the fruit. We desire to preserve freshness with sensible harvest timing and whole cluster fermentation adds structure and spice to the palate. Named for Joe Donelan’s two sons, The Two Brothers is our offering of the most ethereal varietal on the planet. Pure ripe red raspberry, licorice and strawberry pour through an abundance of spices including cedar, cardamom, and vanilla. Perhaps more aromatically expressive than the 2009 the palate is extremely layered and broad, but focused and tense all the while. With time, we expect the wine to add weight, more fleshiness, and leather. Increasing your pleasure and increasing what is already a beautiful and lengthy finish. Be rewarded with patience, but good luck resisting if you open one bottle. Few have prevailed in refraining from opening another.