LONDER VINEYARD, ANDERSON VALLEY

Londer Vineyard is located west of Philo, California, on the south-west side of Highway 128. A few miles off the road, the vineyards are corralled by forests of conifer, and benefit from foggy mornings, warm days, and cool nights. Most of the vineyard is on south facing hills with a combination of well-drained sandy loam covering an underlying clay loam. All of these conditions combine to create a perfect environment for the slow development of flavors and structure that makes for an excellent pinot noir. For our 2011, we sourced Dijon 115 and Swan clones and made four barrels  - a total of 100 cases. It was a cool and long growing season that yielded lighter and brighter wines.

This wine has pretty aromatics of dark spicy cherry and earthy mushroom and follows with a light finish and very fine tannins. Serve it with a slight chill to bring out its lively character. 2011 was the second and last vintage with Londer Vineyard as the vineyard was sold that year.

Clones: 115 (50%), Swan (50%)
Harvest/Brix: September 27, 2011 (115), October 13, 2011 (Swan)
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 18 months in French oak, 30% new (Cadus, tight grain, MT)
Alcohol content: 13.2% by volume
Bottled: April, 2013
Production: 97 cases
Release date: September, 2014

Suggested Retail Price: $30/bottle (750ml)
Drink now through 2017