Each year we put the spotlight on one of the twelve different Pinot Noir clones grown at Domaine Carneros by bottling separately. We first bottled the Pommard clone (aka UCD 5) separately in 2009, and since then we have kept our eye on this consistent performer.
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The 2014 growing season offered an ideal match for this early ripening clone. The cool season allowed a pick date of August 26th. This single block wine was handled in a very straightforward manner, with a traditional Burgundian-style open top fermentation and native yeast ferment that allowed the delicate nature of the Pommard fruit its full and unadorned expression.
Burgundy lovers rarely speak of the color of a wine because it lacks importance in determining quality. This particular wine has a fascinating appearance, as it is utterly transparent and clear, yet also has a dark red hue. Moving on to the aromatics, the nose is initially red fruit oriented presenting crushed raspberry and pomegranate along with floral notes, most notably rose petal. There is more to come, and with a little bit of time in the glass and exposure to the air, this seemingly shy wine begins to open up. On the palate, one encounters sour cherry and black tea with a touch of tangerine citrus. There is a savory spicy side as well, with a touch of tobacco leaf and a little bit of roasted coffee coming in at the end of the lengthy finish.
Varietal: 100% Estate-Grown Carneros Pinot Noir
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