Understanding a vineyard takes time, patience and experience. Qualities such as nuance, potential and character - these are not things easily or immediately learned about an estate, and Véronique Drouhin tends to be extra careful about these decisions. In 2008, Véronique felt that a few of the Estate parcels were complex enough to be bottled individually, but she let the thought pass. In 2011, the same parcel that had intrigued her earlier again presented itself as something unique. In contrast to our barrel cuvées, our Edition Limitée Pinot Noir is an 'estate selection', a chance to highlight individual vineyard blocks that have something to say in a given vintage.
2011 was Oregon's latest growing season with a cool and wet September turning into a dry and moderately warm October. Harvest lasted into November, allowing for full maturity and excellent flavor development, really sharpening the differences between the Estate blocks. Strict sorting was required, but by all accounts, 2011 has turned out to be an exciting year for Pinot Noir.
Rustic and wild, the 2011 Edition Limitée Pinot Noir captures the intense spice and bramble so often found in our blocks on the Eastern ridge of the Estate. In fact, the EL Pinot mostly comes from a single block planted in 1998, with a touch of a neighboring block planted in 1999. Translucent ruby in color, concentrated aromas of cranberry, currant, fresh spices and dusty tannins explode from the glass. Floral undertones emerge with time; laced with minerality, wet stone and a hint of orange peel. Structured red fruit is tightly wound within the core, slowly emerging into a long, persistent finish. Powerful, with solid grip, this is a wine that will reward generous patience in the cellar, or a vigorous decanting now.