2011, in Oregon, was one of those years that was basically declared a disaster before fruit even started rolling in. Oh, but what a mistake it was if you were one of the defeatists. Sugar levels were low and botrytis was an issue, but after a lifesaving Indian summer and super long fruit hang times, flavors gained complexity (or the potential for), not density, and acids were balanced and aromas pretty and pure. These were patience wines, shy early, but positioned for greatness.
Some of these 2011′s are in such a great place right now, it’s time to go on the offensive and grab them before they’re gone. The Cameron wines are the real deal, coming from organic, dry-farmed vineyards, naturally fermented and opting for longer aging times in barrel.
Clos Electrique show the classic energy of red fruit driven Dundee Hills PN. But there is so much more. It’s stoney and minerally, spicy and wild, and decidedly savory at moments. Cameron routinely manages to pin down that elusive savoriness that eludes many Oregon PN’s. And the acid! Basically, 2011 Clos E is the Dirk Diggler of the Dundee Hills.