Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir begins in our four different estate vineyards which are all located within four miles of the Chateau. We grow eleven different clones of Pinot Noir and each one contributes its unique flavor profile and personality to make this compelling blend which is truly a mosaic of our Carneros terroir.
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The fruit was gently de-stemmed, leaving many whole berries. A “cold soak” followed for five full days prior to fermentation, which took nine to twelve days in small open-topped vats. The fermenting must was punched three times a day to heighten color and flavor development. After pressing off, the finished wine went directly into French oak barrels where it rested for ten months until bottling.
The 2013 edition of our Estate Pinot Noir packs a full range of flavors. Beginning with the nose one encounters black raspberry, cherry, and plum along with savory notes of loamy earth, cola, and sandal wood. Ten months of barrel age lends a sweetness that balances the supple tannin from this exceptional vintage producing an intense full bodied Pinot Noir. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is the texture and this wine delivers with a supple and silky mouth-feel guaranteed to please.
This hand-crafted Pinot Noir can be enjoyed alone as an aperitif or matched with a diverse group of dishes such as beef, poultry, pork or grilled salmon, prepared in a variety of culinary styles.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Acid: 0.57g /100 ml
Alcohol %: 14.3
The first obligation of a great wine is to delight.Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker