2011 Monument Tree Pinot Noir
A perennial favorite among Copain devotees, Monument Tree tends to produce
one of the more open and giving Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs in our portfolio.
Named for a landmark redwood tree, the Monument Tree vineyard is planted
with an eastern sloping exposure, avoiding the late afternoon sun. The wine is a
blend of clones 115, 777, 667 and 114 and soils are comprised of decomposed
sandstone and loam that are starkly expressed in the spicy fruit they yield.
Despite the challenges that 2011 brought to Anderson Valley, our wines from this
vintage are some of the most elegant Wells has made, offering great tension and
balance. A cool, rainy spring and summer delayed the growing season, while
mid-September brought sun and 90 degree heat to the vineyards. We harvested
this fruit during a brief window in October as the vineyards were drying out.