2011 Shining Hill
“The 2011 Shining Hill is characterized by black fruit and cherry aromas as well as subtle toast from the barrel. On the palate it is rich in fruit has excellent weight and balanced acidity emanating from the cooler vintage conditions. It has a soft, lingering finish.”
– Darel Allwine, Winemaker
August 31st, 2015
The 2011 growing season was one of the coolest in the past 20 years and required careful attention in the vineyard, and patience in the winery to fully ripen the fruit. In the Col Solare Estate vineyard, canopies were opened early in the season to allow full exposure to the sun, and crop dropped soon after set to help speed the ripening process. Harvest began in early October, with the resulting grapes characterized by powerful tannins and rich flavors.