2011 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander
This wine, named after Jim Clendenen's son Knox Alexander, represents only the finest lots of Pinot Noir from Le Bon Climat and Bien Nacido vineyards, both located in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. These two vineyards, separated by the Sisquoc River, produce really distinctive Pinot Noir. Both vineyards struggle to yield much most years, but the small amount that is harvested is of amazing quality.
The 2011 Knox was bottled in August of 2013 after 22 months in barrel, and then released the following October. We fined this wine with three egg whites per barrel to remove some of the tougher tannins. The clarity and color of the wine are beautiful. Aromas of bing cherry, ripe apple and dark chocolate are apparent with an intriguing scent of underbrush buried deeper in the wine. Flavors constantly evolve starting with raspberries and moving to dark cocoa. In the background is French oak vanillin and balanced tannins.The wine has a firm structure with undulating richness that become more prominent as it ages.
Review: Score 91 points Robert Parker
"All three of the Pinot Noirs were outstanding, and have classic, slightly Burgundian profiles, with notable structure and bright acidity. First, the 2011 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is a beautiful Pinot Noir that has a clean, layered and classic feel. Possessing plenty of black cherry, rose petal, sappy flowers and earthy nuances, enjoy this medium-bodied, refined and elegant effort over the coming 5-7 years." - Jeb Dunnuck