Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Domaine Carneros

Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Carneros
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Grapes for the 2013 Estate Pinot Noir were chosen in our four different Certified Organic (CCOF) estate vineyards which are all located within four miles of the Chateau. 11 clones of Pinot were used and each one contributes its unique flavor profile and personality to make this compelling blend which is truly a mosaic of our Carneros terroir. 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.

Gold Medal

Critics Challenge Competition

2013 vintage
Best Pinot Noir

San Diego International Wine Competition

2013 vintage
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harvest note

2013 was an ideal growing season in Carneros. The summer was long with full sun which extended the growing season and offered good quality and quantity. While the temperatures were moderate, which is typical of Carneros, the grapes were ripe and full of flavor, producing a classic harvest.

tasting note

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. 10 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.

food pairing

This Pinot can be enjoyed 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.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Carneros
PH: 3.62
ACIDITY: 0.57 gm/100ml
ABV: 14.3%
AGING: 10 months in French Oak barrel

points of distinction

  • 100% green certified estate-grown Pinot Noir from Carneros.
  • Master blending of dozens of separately vinified lots achieves the perfect expression of Carneros terroir.
  • Minimum 10 months aging in barrel
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“Pinot Noir is a process where the wine is beautiful every step of the way.”

– TJ Evans, Pinot Noir Winemaker

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