Barrels: No new oak, 25% once filled
Clones: 50% Dijon 114; 36% Dijon 777; 14% Pommard
Our intent with the Heather’s Vineyard pinots is to create the most elegant expression of our vineyard, using the lightest amount of oak. Our cool site favors barrels used only once which still provide stucture, but with a softer profile.
Traditionally we have created the Heather’s from ten rows of a single clone (Dijon 114) on a solo, late ripening block, cropped to 1.5 tons/acre. Despite netting, the 2010 bird invasion essentially wiped out these rows which abutted the tree line. Consequently, we opened our blending process to the other clones, choosing again the most feminine barrels.
92 points: Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Light, bright red. Sexy, spice-accented aromas of black raspberry and potpourri, with a hint of incense in the background. Lively and precise on the palate, offering tangy red berry flavors that become sweetened and deeper with air. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the very long, focused, floral finish. I like this wine’s light touch.
90 points: Wine Enthusiast This two-barrel cuvée is the star of the Anam Cara 2010s, bearing a mix of pretty cherry fruit and milk chocolaty tannins. Some well-modulated earth and herb notes add interest, but it’s the elegance and proportion of the wine that really shine.
Very Good (+) Rusty Gaffney, PinotfileLight reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fragrant, like a well-perfumed woman with a dab of crushed cherries and sandalwood behind her ear. See-through elegance, featuring ripe dark candied griottes cherries, sweet and seductive in the middle and languorous and slinky at the end.