2011 - Library Wines

Vintage Notes

This year followed right in 2010's footsteps with moderate being the word for each season. The days in spring were hazy, with cloud cover on most days. The vines were happy to get some sunlight mid-summer, which proved to be long and temperate as well. Garey Ranch Pinot came in on September 15th, 9 days earlier than last year. The Viognier block that I worked with in 2010 was ripped out in spring. It was no longer commercially viable to farm. I was happy to be able to work with another block on Bien Nacido for my white program, Pinot blanc. I harvested it on September 20th, pressed it and put it in barrel. The Pinot noir was pressed and in barrel before the Syrah was ready. We got a few rain storms in the beginning of October again this year. White Hawk Syrah came in a few days later than last year on October 25th.

  • 2011 Syrah

    White Hawk Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Floral, black pepper and mineral notes. Inky notes with red plums, dark berries, lush tannins and a toasty and smoky finish.

    Production

    - 41 cases

    Retail

    - $55 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.80 5.49 gm/L 0.01 gm/L 13.9%

    Wine Advocate #214 - August 2014

    90 pts "Also outstanding, the 2011 Syrah White Hawk Vineyard is another sexy, hedonistically styled effort. Blackberry, blueberry, smoked bacon, licorice and toast all show here, and this is a classy California fruit bomb to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years." - Jeb Dunnuck

    International Wine Challenge - November 2013

    90 pts "Inky purple. Textbook Syrah on the nose, displaying scents of candied dark berries, beef jerky, olive tapenade, violet and black pepper. Rich and expansive, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors and hints of smoked meat and peppery spices. Dusty tannins give grip to the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and smokiness." - Josh Raynolds

  • 2011 Pinot Noir

    Garey Ranch Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Red cherries, chinese five spice, and rose petals entice your nose. Aromas of raspberries, bing cherries, damp clay and brown spice fill your mouth.

    Production

    - 253 cases

    Retail

    - $58 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.55 7.2 gm/L 0.01 gm/L 14.1%

    Wine Advocate #214 - August 2014

    90 pts "The 2011 Pinot Noir Garey Ranch Vineyard is an outstanding effort that has pretty ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, creamy licorice and hints of peppery herbs all emerging from the glass. Rounded, supple, and with plenty of texture, drink it over the coming 3-4 years. This is a solid lineup from winemaker Clarissa Nagy." - Jeb Dunnuck

    Vinous Media - July 2014

    88 pts "The 2011 Garey Ranch is perfumed and light on its feet feet throughout. Subtle red and blue hinted fruits, spices and floral notes meld together in a silky Pinot that is best enjoyed in its youth, while the flavors remain fresh. Drink 2014-2018." - Antonio Galloni

    International Wine Challenge - November 2013

    91 pts "High-pitched red fruit and floral scents are complemented by notes of licorice and five-spice powder. Juicy and light on its feet, offering vibrant raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a touch of vanilla. Silky tannins give shape to the persistent finish, with raspberry note strongly repeating." - Josh Raynolds

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