The coldest vintage in Willamette Valley history. Our wines are almost always among the slowest to evolve, and the 2011s are moving at a glacial pace. Acidity is linear and fruit is still modest.
2011 Souris opens tight and very “old world” lean, but with sufficient air (day 2) is a beautiful wine. Very much in the Burgundian style, with lovely dark red fruits, woodsy notes, and dry red earth. Light bodied and still with plenty of savory herbs and tannic structure…and of course the acidity.
2011 Whistling Ridge and Durant continue to be wines with lovely aromatics and lean, harder acids and tannins. I would hold, but not give up hope (on the other hand, I am also happy to replace these wines with a more available wine if you are holding them and tired of waiting.
Whites are linear and interesting, but definitely should be drunk up in the near term.
*Under natural cork there is always a distinct amount of bottle variation. As the wines age, this variation becomes more distinct. Regarding the notes here, all wines have been tasted recently, but for all bottles YMMV.*
**This post covers Matello wines**