2022 Pinot Clair

Domaine Carneros Pinot Clair is a white wine made from the black skinned Pinot Noir grape. We start by picking grapes at a maturity level that is greater than those used for sparkling wines, but not as high as those destined for still pinot noir. Night picking is a critical step so we can press the grapes early in the morning while they are still cool. A gentle pressing allows us to extract about 90-95 gallons of juice per ton of grapes before the pigments start to bleed out from the skins. This year’s edition features 65% Pommard clone combined with 35% Martini selection. The juice components were fermented primarily in neutral oak, with the notable addition of a concrete egg tank. A modest amount, one-third, of new water-bent French oak was employed to lift the spice. In total, the wine spent 14 months resting on the lees (sur lie) and 6 months aging in bottle.

Tasting Notes

The wine speaks first through its subtle and elegant nose, which is tightly layered with gingerbread, lemon blossom, stone fruit, and wet river rock. The defining feature of Pinot Clair is its texture. Where Chardonnay can be a structured wine, Pinot Clair has a round, fleshy character. It has an immediate mouthwatering entry with exotic fruits, highlighted on the palate with pear, yuzu, and a creamy component evoking vanilla bean custard in the long finish.

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Varietal Composition

Vintage: 2022
Varietal: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
pH: 3.37
Acid: 0.69g/100ml
Alcohol %: 13.5

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