2011 Couloir Londer Vineyard Pinot Noir
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With brilliant garnet hues and ruby edges, Londer offers deep color and intense aromatics, making it the weightiest of the 2011 Couloir Wines. Sun-warmed, vine-ripened fresh berries mingle with spice and oak notes, but black cherry, pomegranate, warm berry crumble and baking spices take center stage on the mid-palate. This wine has medium-plus weight, good tannic structure, and balanced acidity. The sustained and complex finish shows persistent layers of dark red and purple fruits, plum, and classic, old-fashioned cola.
Located approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco, just west of Philo, the highly regarded Londer Vineyard lies nestled in a warm pocket in the Deep End of Anderson Valley. Surrounded by conifer forests, this special 17-acre vineyard site is planted to five clones of Pinot Noir. Most of the vineyard lies on southeast facing slope with an ideal combination of well-drained sandy loam and clay loam, which allows for the slow development of flavors and structure. The Navarro River forms the southern boundary and brings a welcome curl of fog into the vineyard on summer nights while the warmth of the summer days burns the fog off by noon – creating the optimal climate for methodical ripening. The site was farmed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management, who also oversees Monument Tree for Couloir Wines.
A combination of 80% Pommard and 20% Dijon clone 115, was hand harvested on September 30 into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to the winery. The fruit was feathered with dry ice to prevent spoilage and oxidation. The bins were placed in cold storage for a 24-hour resting period before processing. All of the fruit was then hand-sorted and 35% was fermented as whole clusters to add extra layers of complexity in the final wine. The grapes then received a cold soak for seven days to extract maximum color from the Pinot Noir skins, while the chill prohibited the start of fermentation. The fruit was removed from refrigeration and allowed to warm to activate the native yeasts. One gentle punch down per day ensured minimal tannin extraction from the skins, allowing the stem tannins to provide the wine’s structure. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was gravity fed into eight French oak barrels, three of which were new. The barrels were initially stirred three times over a six-week period. The wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.
Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley
Production 192 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014-2020
Harvested Sept 30, 2011
Barrel Aging 11 Months, 35% new French oak
Winemaker Jon Grant