Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir begins in the six sustainably certified Estate Vineyards, which are all 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.

94 Points
2021 vintage
91 Points
Wine Spectator
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2021 growing season commenced with an early budbreak followed by unseasonably cool spring and early summer temperatures, which helped preserve vineyard health as we entered a second year of drought conditions. Summer temperatures were moderated by the marine layer which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and consistently and resulted in wonderful depth of flavor and concentration at harvest.
Tasting Note
On the nose one encounters subtle red fruits and tobacco leaf. The palate delivers vibrant red fruits of cranberry and raspberry intertwined with silky creamy texture, followed by notes of spice and forest floor on the warming finish. Ten months of barrel age lends a sweetness that balances the supple tannin from this exceptional vintage producing an intense full bodied Pinot Noir.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
PH: 3.63
ACIDITY: .58 g/100ml
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 10 months in 100% French Oak barrels, 33% new
Unique Selling Points
  • 100% Green Certified and Certified Fish Friendly
  • 100% estate grown in 5 cool climate Carneros vineyards
  • Master blending of dozens of separately vinified lots to maximize terroir expression

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
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.
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