Layers of bright, beautifully articulated fruit burst from the 2011 Pinot Noir Bohan Dillon. Nuanced, chiseled and wonderfully alive in the glass, the 2011 is energetic and vibrant throughout. Violets, pine and mint add attractive high toned notes on the finish. I imagine the 2011 will be even better with another year in bottle. The Bohan Dillon is one of my favorite mid-tier California Pinots. Hirsch crafts the Bohan Dillon from estate vineyards plus a portion of fruit from nearby Hellenthal, MacDougall and Nobles. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. David Hirsch provided what is, in my opinion, one of the key insights into the 2011 vintage on the Sonoma Coast. Hirsch commented that 2010 and 2011 were both similar. In 2010, he noted the skies were cloudy for much of the year, while rain just before harvest complicated things. Hirsch describes 2011 as a year with very clear skies, a lot of light and cool temperatures that never exceeded 90 degrees. As for the wines, well, they are gorgeous. I have not tasted all of the 2011 Pinots, but based on the Bohan Dillon, I will not be surprised if they turn out slightly better than the 2010s, which are a bit on the slender side. Still, there can be no question this is one of the premier sites for Pinot in the United States. Ross Cobb blended and bottled the 2009s, while 2010 is the first vintage Cobb made from beginning to end.
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