2011 Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Flax family recently sold this property to Steve Hicks and his wife, Donna. They are excited about working with us and value our continued relationship with the vineyard. I am pleased to have new partners who have already made many improvements. Wild pigs have invaded Westside Road over the past several years, and there is now a new pig- and deer-proof fence. An old water system has been upgraded to provide more consistent drip irrigation to the vines in the fall. Oak trees that were shading the edges of the vineyard have been beautifully trimmed, which is beneficial for both the trees and the vines.
A vintage of outstanding character, this Pinot displays a bright, high-toned aroma with ripe plum, juicy red huckleberry and perfumed rose. Subtle toasty oak adds an earthy element, while a dash of shaved chocolate and black tea completes the profile. The entry to the palate is smooth yet precise, showing good acidity and excellent structure. These attributes ensure the long-term aging potential that is traditional for wines from this hillside along Westside Road.
"Dry and tough in tannins, this is a great wine that needs aging. The vineyard is in the warmer Westside Road part of the valley, but the chilly vintage nonetheless dominates, giving the wine hard tannins that accentuate its dryness and acidity. Waiting until at least 2022 should allow the sweet plum, cherry and mulberry fruit flavors to emerge. It could still be rocking and rolling in 2029. Cellar Selection" Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, June 2014