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Chardonnay in 2012 is quite different than in 2011. In 2011, you could make the case that the wines truly were Burgundian—racy acidity, lots of energy, lean but concentrated. In 2012, my Chardonnay is what you might called “restrained Californian,” a bit more sweet fruit, not quite as lean as 2011, prettier. A floral note to the flavors, perhaps, but not tropical. A reflection of the sunnier season.
Even though the Shop is always a pretty big wine, it carries itself with grace. As has been the case for my entire career, I make this wine as naturally as possible—the better to encourage the fullest expression of the fruit, to keep it fresh and honest. But I don’t want to be too serious about it, and lately when I have tasted the wine it seems like the kind of wine you could down a bottle of without even thinking. Not that I am advocating chugging it. Carneros Pinot Noir always has a dark fruit component, something almost licorice-like, and that is here, in the background, along with other dark fruits. But there is spice and fresh fruit on top of it that keeps it lively. On the palate, ripe but fresh. 400 cases.
Despite the difficult growing season, the 2011 Pinot Noirs have turned out to be superb. Concentrated but graceful, aromatic and pure. The 2011 Habitat was a little slow to show all of its charms. A bit tight in its youth, but it blossomed and filled out during aging and especially in the year or so it has been in bottle. How can a wine be both concentrated and light on its feet? Try a bottle and see. 56 cases made.