2012 Kiser 'En Bas' Pinot Noir
Roughly ten miles from the ocean, the flagship Kiser Vineyard is located in the “Deep End” of Anderson Valley and is our coolest site, yielding small amounts of intensely flavored fruit. The vineyard has three distinctive blocks, each with different soils, and we bottle them separately as the wines are vastly different. Planted to dense, stony soils, the ‘En Bas’ is the lower portion of the vineyard.
The 2012 vintage was a welcome relief following the challenges of 2010 and 2011. A wet winter was balanced by a moderate, slightly dry spring, with bud break and veraison occurring several weeks later than usual. Bestowing optimal conditions for slow, even ripening, a long Indian summer extended into early October. Harvest commenced approximately two weeks later than previous years, and was condensed into a few short weeks, with all of our fruit in by November 1.