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2005 Pinot Noir, Carneros


  Our Pinot Noir vineyards span the entire cool climate Carneros region. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes and persistent morning fog. As the hot air above California's Central Valley rises it is replaced by cool air from the Pacific Ocean. These chilly winds make their way through gaps in the coastal mountain ranges and through Carneros every summer afternoon. These winds also bring in a thick maritime fog. The Sun burns off this fog late in the morning causing the temperature to immediately jump 15 degrees. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop great depth of flavor with great natural acid.

Winemaking
Gently hand harvested, the grapes were destemmed without crushing. Our massive must chiller guarantees that our Pinot gets a slow cool start to its fermentation. Most lots were inoculated with one of several yeast strains; some lots went through uninoculated fermentations. A mixture of thorough punchdowns and gentle pumpovers gives color with texture. Pressed off shortly after dryness and aged in French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes
An exuberant expression of great Carneros Pinot Noir. Refined and elegant aromas of raspberry, cherry and red currant. This wine is beautifully subtle. Harmoniously multi-layered with oak spices of clove, all spice and smoke. Perfectly balanced with the gentle tingle of acid which keeps the berry fruit lively yet still preserving a silky texture and finish. This wine will age well.

Alcohol content, 13.9% by volume
12,800 cases produced