2011 broke the all time record set in 2010 for a cool vintage. A cool spring resulting in a late bud break started the year off similar to 2010. The unusually cool temperatures continued through July, making it seem like it was the summer that never would appear. Finally in August the warm weather arrived, albeit with vines that were now running as much as 6 weeks behind typical development, even at Red Mountain. The warm August weather just never seemed to end though with early August like temperatures continuing through September and into October. The amazing Indian summer, which stretched the growing season through October and even into November for some varietals, may have produced some of the best wines ever from Red Mountain. The extend growing season, coupling the cooler first half of the summer with an amazing fall has allowed the vines to develop maturity of flavors at considerably lower sugar levels while maintain the essential acids for balanced wines. We are very excited about the amazing potential of the 2011 vintage. 2011 will again show why Red Mountain is the premier red grape site in Washington State. Like the 2010 vintage, be patient with the wines from 2011, they will have amazing cellaring potential and will reward those who cellar.
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