2013 Two BrothersPinot Noir
What a great vintage for Pinot Noir. The 2013 Two Brothers has turned into a show-off after a year of bottle age. The 2013 vintage was one of focused flavors, concentration, and great length. The Two Brothers blend has evolved this year. It now includes a small parcel of Pinot Noir from the coastal Devoto Vineyard, which is also home to Genevieve’s Block Chardonnay. In addition, the majority of our Perli Vineyard Pinot is now being bottled separately as Tripp’s Block Pinot Noir. These shifts have enhanced the depth and personality of both of the wines.
The density of 2013 is immediately evident on the nose, with dark cherry, ripe raspberry, and hints of fresh plum. It’s a joy to see how the combination of these unique vineyards have come together to make such a dynamic wine and an increasingly distinct Two Brothers. Each vineyard brings different character to the blend wine. Steiner Ranch, a key component since 2011, offers baking spice and forest fruit on both the nose and the palate, coupled with a velvety, textured palate. Devoto Vineyard offers delicate fruit aromas and the perception of freshness and minerality. Walker Vine Hill provides structure; although situated in the warmest AVA of all of these, its tiny clusters provide great density and savory spice on the palate. Lastly, Perli Vineyard has become the “pinch of spice” added at the end.
With less than 30% new oak, and the overall whole cluster percentage below 33%, this wine is a product of our ongoing drive to make a wine that is both compelling on the nose with purity of fruit, with the spice of cool growing regions and whole-cluster inclusion.
2012 Two BrothersTerroir
Steiner Ranch (Sonoma Mountain ~41%)
Perli Vineyard (Mendocino ~28%)
Goldrock Ridge (Western Sonoma Coast ~21%)
Russian River Valley ~10%
With Stiener Ranch 1000 ft and Perli Vineyard 1800 ft above sea level, we combined two high elevation and two coastal vineyards. Their free draining soils, north or east facing slopes, and windy conditions to maintain cool temperatures and evoke spice amongst Pinot Noir’s fruit.
2012 Two BrothersTasting Notes
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Two Brothers was made from six separate clonal selections, including Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777, and the Pommard, Calera and Swan clones. Some stems were utilized and notes of underbrush/forest floor are undoubtedly attributable to the whole clusters. Abundant aromas of cherry fruit, clove and spice are followed by a medium-bodied Pinot that should drink well for 5-7 years.”
– Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2012 Two BrothersPast Vintages
Made with fruit from three vineyards, two in Sonoma County and one in Mendocino County, we feel we are hitting our stride with Pinot Noir. While far apart, these vineyards are similar in their high elevation and coastal influence. Their rocky soils help drain moisture, even rain that arrived in late 2011, allowing us to obtain early season water stress in a wet vintage – something we know improves concentration, color, and overall maturity.
Named for Joe Donelan’s two sons, The Two Brothers is our offering of the most ethereal varietal on the planet. While more fruit forward (and brambly fruit at that) than the 2010, there is a dimension of purity and freshness to the fruit that is very compelling. With very little handling, 40% whole cluster, and minimal amounts of new oak we try to optimize the combination of wonderful California Pinot fruit and spiciness from stem inclusion. The spice is more cedar-like and cardamom-like, similar to 2009, but the wine has supple, energetic texture and combines juiciness and minerality. However you choose to enjoy this wine, be sure to reserve bottles to watch it develop and age over the next 10 years.
Wine Advocate: 92pts
Pure ripe red raspberry, licorice and strawberry pour through an abundance of spices including cedar, cardamom, and vanilla. Perhaps more aromatically expressive than the 2009 the palate is extremely layered and broad, but focused and tense all the while. With time, we expect the wine to add weight, more fleshiness, and leather. Increasing your pleasure and increasing what is already a beautiful and lengthy finish. Be rewarded with patience, but good luck resisting if you open one bottle. Few have prevailed in refraining from opening another.
Wine Advocate: 88-90pts
From first laying our eyes on the vineyard, to tasting the fermentations, to watching this wine age, our excitement for this Pinot noir has only grown. Pure red raspberry licorice pours through a fog of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and just a touch of cedar. The aromatics dance and change with time. While aromatically not fully knit together at the moment the mouth feel is wonderfully focused and fresh providing a tense wire to hang all the flavors and nuances. With time as the wine adds weight and flesh we expect it to gain in what is already a beautiful and lengthy finish. It’s hard to credibly tell you to age the wine when I’ve already enjoyed a quarter of my allocation (whoops!), but believe us your pleasure will surely increase as the aromatics integrate and develop with more time (2-3 years near term, 8-12 long term). All that is to say this is no obvious, monster Pinot noir. It is what we set out to make: a subtle, intricate, and lovely wine designed for your gladness.