The 2011 growing season started with a cool wet spring. While Peter Michael Winery's Seaview vineyards did not experience any frost, the temperatures delayed bud break. The weather from fruit set through harvest stayed even, cool and mild without any damaging heat spikes. This coupled with the ample spring rains allowed them to dry farm in this vintage. To ensure proper ripening, they worked diligently on canopy management and crop thinning. This attention to detail allowed the fruit to ripen evenly and resulted in wines that are more “European” in style. For Pinot Noir, 2011 will be remembered as a vintage that yielded wines exhibiting gorgeous structure and elegance.
Le Caprice, French for “The Freak,” as in “of nature,” aptly describes this rough vineyard terroir, and is also an ode to the fickle nature of the Pinot Noir grape. Situated between 1,025 and 1,450 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, the vineyard faces east and northeast, benefiting from both the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the mild sunny mountain climate. The soil is a composite of clay, silt and volcanic gravels, which help the wine display polished tannin, body and a hint of graphite. Le Caprice is the most fruit forward of Peter Michael Winery's trio of Pinot Noir vineyards.
Le Caprice is easily identifiable by its deep ruby color and bright crimson tinge. It shows aromas of raspberry, currant, red cherry, strawberry, fresh leather and graphite. On the palate, the 2011 Le
Caprice expresses a wonderful concentration of red forest fruit, which has a subtle way of lingering into a long lasting finish.
Harvested: September 14, 2011 to September 28, 2011
100% naturally fermented using native yeasts
Aged 16 months in 33% new French oak barrels from select
Bottled unfined and unfiltered February 1, 2013
Alcohol 14.1 %; Release Date: September 1, 2013