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Pinot Noir, Carneros


  Artesa's Estate Pinot Noir vineyards hang on the hillsides around the winery on the foothills of Mount Veeder. This wine comes from two of the highest elevation vineyards in Carneros. The great drainage of our blocks ensures intensely flavored small berries and low yields. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes and persistent morning fog. The sun burns off this fog late morning causing the temperature to immediately jump 15 degrees. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time, sunshine to develop great depth of flavor with natural acid and cool nights to produce deeply colored Pinot Noir. In response to our late wet spring, we made an extra vineyard pass, hand removing excess fruit zone leaves. This assured that our fruit would get full benefit of both our plentiful sun and wind, drying the grapes quickly and hastening full ripening.

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. A mixture of thorough punchdowns and gentle pumpovers gives color with texture. Pressed off at dryness and aged in French oak barrels where the secondary malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is aged sur lees with frequent topping to enhance rich complexity and vivacious fruit. Each barrel is tasted and selected for this wine to guarantee exceptional quality and blend harmony.

Tasting Notes
A bright Pinot Noir filled with aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry and red currant. This wine is beautifully subtle and multi-layered with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, leather, cedar chest, vanilla and a gossamer of California Bay Tree. Wonderful structure gives this wine weight and silky power from start to finish. The acid balance causes a gentle fruit flavor jig on your tongue just after you swallow. Combining both elegance and boldness, this wine is wonderful straight out of the bottle while having the concentration and complexity to age. At release, this wine has a brooding depth that will open up over the next five years to reveal a stupendous wine and will please for decades.

14.5% alcohol by volume.
981 cases produced.