2011 En Hommage
En Hommage opens with aromas of black and red currants with hints of bacon fat, violets and minerality. The pallet is textured and round with soft tannins in the background lending structure to the fresh acidity balancing out the wine.
The 2011 vintage will go down as one of the most challenging and rewarding in decades. Mother Nature threw it all at us: an early winter freeze followed by one of the coolest growing seasons. Luckily, our sites – Olsen Estates and Upland Vineyard – escaped damage and fully ripened all of our fruit. Our partners in the vineyards – Leif Olsen and Todd Newhouse – managed their vineyards with care and their hard work paid off.
At harvest, our grapes are gently de-stemmed and allowed to ferment as whole berries. For 5 days, a traditional cold soak ensued allowing for flavor and color to integrate in the must before the presence of an alcoholic fermentation. Following this cold soak, inoculation occurred with select yeasts originating from the Rhone Valley and Spain. Fermentation finished between 5-7 days with a peak temperature of 81°. The wine was gently pressed off its skins and placed in French oak barrels (20% new) for 12 months. The final blend was composed in July 2012 allowing the wine to integrate for 5 months prior to bottling in December 2012.