SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— 2011 was one of the toughest years in a long time for California’s vintage wine makers. It was a rough year weather wise; the rains came at the wrong time and the spring lasted during what seemed like the wrong periods.
The result is there isn’t going to be a lot of wines comparable to the 2010s and 2012s, so we’ll have to be choosy about what comes out of 2011.
I have a couple of Pinot Noirs that are very nicely priced and are very pleasant wines. Jekel Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County has sort of a cranberry red color with appealing aromas of blackberry jam. This leads to a light wine with just enough tannin and acidity for a nice balance.