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2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros


Awards & Accolades

Vintages
 -2011  -2010  -2009

BLEND
100% Pinot Noir

VINEYARDS
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Silverado Premium Properties-Stanly Ranch

APPELLATION
Carneros

WINEMAKING

  • Hand Sorted
  • Three days cold soak
  • Gently punched down and pumped over
  • 17 days on the skins
  • 12 months in French Oak (37% new)
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered

BARREL AGING
12 months in French Oak (37% new)

ALCOHOL
14.8% by volume

RELEASE DATE
November, 2009

CELLARING
Three years from release to maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
The grapes for this wine come from the historic Stanly Ranch, in the Napa area of Carneros. Now coming into full maturity, the vineyard was planted in 2001 with newly available clones that are transforming the quality and character of Carneros Pinot Noir into richer and darker wines. The grapes were handpicked and carefully sorted. The wine was aged for twelve months in French Oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.

The Wine
Our Pinot Noir is bright ruby in color, and shows notes of sweet black cherry, tart red cherry, strawberry, cranberry, smoke, toast and a hint of vanilla and clove on the nose. Silky tannins and a rich mouthfeel are balanced with crisp acidity and toasty oak for a long finish. The wine will improve for several years, and pairs well with roast salmon and any dish featuring wild mushrooms.