2011 Clone 05 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir   

The 2011 Clone 05 Pinot Noir is crafted from 100% estate Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. With only 125 cases produced, it's our smallest release each year.

This wine was fermented with wild yeast, wild ML cultures, and 30% whole clusters. It was ripened slightly more than the other 2011 Pinots, and aged in 66% new French oak barrels. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Clone 05 is slightly bigger and richer than our other Pinot Noir bottlings, and is remarkably smooth and supple in its youth, although it will certainly benefit from time in the cellar. This wine also is also the first to debut with our new, screenprinted Pinot Noir labels.

Reviews

90 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine    pdf

93 points - Wine Review Online    pdf

92 points - PinotFile    pdf