Each year we put the spotlight on one of the sixteen different Pinot Noir clones grown at Domaine Carneros by bottling it 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 2015 growing season offered an ideal match for this early ripening clone. The cool season allowed a pick date of August 16th. This single block wine was handled in a 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.
The nose offers baked cherry, cedar and clove-anise. On the palate, one encounters pomegranate, wild currant and blood orange. 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. Currently in California Pinot Noir there is a movement that pushes for a style of lower alcohol wine on the basis that "less is more". This is one wine that delivers a lot of delicate nuanced flavors in a low alcohol package.
Varietal: 100% Estate-Grown Carneros
Alcohol %: 13.4
The first obligation of wine is to be delicious.Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker