2008 Pinot Noir, Carneros
100% Pinot Noir
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Silverado Premium Properties-Stanly Ranch
- 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
12 months in French Oak (37% new)
14.8% by volume
Three years from release to maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.
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.
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.
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.