The 2011 growing season got off to a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Temperatures all through the summer were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally in mid-September, temperatures reached mid-90’s for a week or so which was just what the winemakers needed. Due to the weather, crop yields were generally smaller than usual, yet ironically this allowed for faster ripening and more concentrated fruit flavors. The small harvest of 2011 affected every wine region in Northern California, our 2011 Sivas-Sonoma Pinot Noir was no exception. Given our long term relationships with Sangiacomo and Jeff Hill Family Vineyards we were able to select some of the best Pinot Noir available to create this well balanced and appealing wine.