Estate Pinot Noir 2015
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Grapes for the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir were chosen in our four sustainably farmed 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.
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The 2015 vintage is defined the weather experienced during flowering. April brought substantial fluctuations in temperature accompanied by occasional rainfall with resulted in compromised “berry set”. The result was a reduction in berries per cluster. This had a substantial impact with the wines displaying dark color, depth of fruit and a wonderful juicy quality.
The 2015 edition of our Estate Pinot Noir packs a full range of red and darker berry flavors. Beginning with the nose one encounters delicate rose petal, fresh plum, boysenberry, notes of black tea and a touch of cinnamon. Ten months of barrel age lends a sweetness that balances the supple tannin from this exceptional vintage producing an intense full bodied Pinot Noir. Of particular note in this edition is the juicy and sweet fruited entry upon the palate, and the vibrant mouth-watering acidity present from beginning to end. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is the texture, and this wine delivery with a supple and silky mouth-feel and a long lingering finish.
This Pinot can be enjoyed as an aperitif or matched with a diverse group of dishes such as lamb, beef, poultry, pork or earthy mushrooms, prepared in a variety of culinary styles.
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
ACIDITY: 0.60 gm/100ml
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
about the grape +
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
– TJ Evans, Pinot Noir Winemaker
“Pinot Noir is a process where the wine is beautiful every step of the way.”