2018 Famous Gate Pinot Noir

Through this exceptional wine, one can trace the history of Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros. In 1992, we made our first two barrels and called it The Famous Gate. For the past twenty-seven years, we have carefully cultivated three small blocks of the Swan selection. This notoriously finicky and shy bearing clone forms the basis of Famous Gate, the highest expression of our Estate grown Carneros terroir.

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Famous Gate Pinot Noir opens with enticing aromas of ripe plum, red raspberry, with hints of tobacco and forest floor. On the palate, there is sweet Bing cherry, black tea, sassafras, and Chinese five spice. While poised and delicious to drink now, this Napa Valley Pinot is still quite young. Additional cellaring in the proper conditions should yield spectacular results. Enjoy our finest expression of authentic estate grown Carneros terroir.

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Varietal Composition

Vintage: 2018
Varietal: 73% Swan, 10% Hanzell, 117% Dijon 115
pH: 3.59
Final Acid: 0.62g /100 ml
Alcohol %: 14.5

94 Points
James Suckling
November 2021
A sparkling wine party

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