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2011 Coombsville - Napa Valley "Haynes Vineyard" Pinot Noir

2011 Coombsville - Napa Valley "Haynes Vineyard" Pinot Noir

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Brilliant garnet in color, gossamer in texture, this is a wine emphasizing grace and balance and subtle textures. The nose is airy and lively, belying its complex and layered nature. Initial fruits of strawberry, cranberry, and dried cherry intermix with butterscotch, blood orange zest, lilacs, rose petals, and sandlewood. On the midpalate, the fruit concentrates somewhat, fresh summer cherries and ripened, cured black cherries. The palate is especially bright and expansive, with a silken texture. An beautiful expression of Pinot noir vines approaching their 50th vintage.

About the Vineyard...


In 1966, Pat and Duncan Haynes planted this vineyard to a selection of Pinot Noir from 3 Palms Vineyard (thought to be Martini clone) and Old Wente Chardonnay. In the 45 years that have passed since then, there have been many significant advances in the science and technology of viticulture. However, not every advance in technology yields a true advance in quality. Fernando Delgado has been tending this vineyard since 1970, and in the old blocks, where the original plants still grow and produce after 45 years, he prunes each vine individually, according to its strength and potential, choosing which canes to keep and how many canes and shoots that each vine will grow. There is no technological substitute for this level of knowledge and experience coupled with pure love for the vine and its fruit.


About the Vintage...


2011 began cool, with later bud break. Flowering and fruit set was disrupted by heavy and uncharacteristically late rain storms. This limited fruit production considerably resulting in significantly lower yields, sometimes as low as half of typical production. The summer remained cool--one of the coolest on record--pushing the harvest date back further into September and yielding wines with a tremendous, bright acidity. In the end, vineyard management and assiduous farming practices helped to insure that this well-situated vineyard ripened properly, with rich, mouth-filling tannic structure. 48 cases produced


About the Wine...


Before the harvest, Ken and Fernando walk these row together and tie tags around the healthiest vines from the original planting. No replantings and no vines showing signs of viral infection are allowed to be included in this limited pick for this very special wine. These old Martini vines have an unmistakable aroma of rose petals that sets them apart from all modern day clones.


Tasting Notes...


Light in color, gossamer in texture, this is a wine emphasizing grace and balance and subtle textures. The nose is airy and lively, belying its complex and layered nature. Initial fruits of strawberry, cranberry, and dried cherry intermix with butterscotch, blood orange zest, lilacs, rose petals, and sandlewood. On the midpalate, the fruit concentrates somewhat, fresh summer cherries and ripened, cured black cherries. The palate is especially bright and expansive, with a silken texture. It finishes with a light, understated grip, and moves backward through the finish. The fruits and spices of the palate nicely mirror the nose, however the finish continues to evolve toward more earthen and mineral notes, as it coats the entire palate and continues to reveal new aromas.