Mills :: 2011 Pinot Noir
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Mills :: 2011 Pinot Noir

2011 Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir possesses an intense but clear ruby hue and opens with deep inviting aromas of dark cherry, boysenberry, fresh prune and briar with hints of a beautiful antique cedar chest. Dark, brooding full flavors of blackberry, chocolate, plum, rock, pink peppercorn, redwood bark, vanilla and horehound accent the unctuous yet firm structure offered by prominent tannins, and persist through a long finish with a lively zing of bright raspberry. Maximum 12 bottle limit per order.

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We had another cool year in 2011. The early spring was wet and cold, delaying bud break by a few weeks. With colder summer temperatures averaging in the low 70’s we were forced to hang the fruit a month later than usual, but to our surprise the waiting brought us rich wines with bright acidity and lower sugars.


Each day’s picking became a separate lot up until shortly before bottling. Each was fermented by the action of native yeasts in small open top fermenters. Each lot was pressed 14 days after harvest, racked by gravity to French oak barrels, then aged without racking in those barrels, 30% new, for eighteen months. The lots were then combined and the resultant wine was bottled without filtration, as always.


Wine Specs

Vintage 2011
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Mt. Harlan
Alcohol % 14.5
Wine Advocate 92

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