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.