Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Domaine Carneros

Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

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

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir begins in the five different Estate Vineyards, which are green certified, and are located within four miles of the Château. Eleven different clones of Pinot Noir are grown and each one contributes its unique flavor profile and personality to make this compelling blend, a true mosaic of the Carneros terroir. After an early-morning harvest, while the grapes are still cool, the handpicked fruit is gently destemmed and cold soaked. Fermentation takes place in small, open-topped vats with punch-downs, resulting in heightened color and complex flavors. After pressing off, the finished wine went directly into French Oak barrels where it rested for ten months until bottling.

91 Points

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
A-

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2016 vintage
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harvest note

Our growing season in 2016, in many ways, mirrored that of 2015. An early harvest began on August 1st and continued through August 14th for sparkling wine grapes. The accumulation of growing degree days tracked quite consistently between 2016 and 2015 although with slightly higher yields. The personality of the vintage seems to be a theme of brightness an concentration.

tasting note

Beginning with the nose, one encounters bright raspberry and cooked cherry notes along with hints of sassafras and freshly turned earth. 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 vintage is the juicy and sweet fruited entry upon the palate, backed up by delicate spice notes that lead to a lengthy, warming finish. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir is the texture, and this wine delivers with a supple and silky mouth-feel.

food pairing

This dynamic wine can be enjoyed alone 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: 3.7
ACIDITY: 0.58g/100ml
ABV: 14%
AGING: 10 month barrel ageing in 100% French oak

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
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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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