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2012 Carneros Pinot Noir

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2012 was a warmer, riper year in the Carneros, so add deeper cherry and dried strawberry fruit flavors to Carneros earth, cedar, and minerality in another beautiful vintage from California's answer to Burgundy
Description

Few wines reflect terroir more than Pinot Noir. Carneros Pinots are noted for their delicate fruit and earthy complexity. Lighter-bodied that other California versions, a Carneros Pinot makes a perfect food partner with mouthwatering acids, silky tannins, and elegant texture.

Delicate cherry and red raspberry fruit open this light-bodied but silky Pinot. Complex hints of graphite, cedar, white pepper, and herb give it an earthy complement. Acids are crisp and alcohol modest, making it a beautiful dinner companion.

VINTAGE NOTES

2012 featured some of the best spring and summer weather seen in Napa in years. The unique southern Carneros micro-climate—cool, foggy nights and mornings followed by sunny afternoons— was perfect for developing deep but complex flavors.

Appellation:

Carneros (Napa), organic farming practices

Blend:

100% Pinot Noir, Clones 667 and Martini

Brix at Harvest:

23.5o (667)

 

22o (Martini)

Alcohol:

14.2%

TA:

0.6g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:

<0.1%

pH:

3.6

Malolactic Fermentation:

Complete

Barrel Aging:

30 months in 2-3 year old French oak

Harvest Dates:

October 5, 2012 (667)

 

October 11, 2012 (Martini)

Bottling Date:

April 1, 2015

Release Date:

November 1, 2015

Production:

120 cases

THE VINEYARD

The Carneros AVA is a study in contrasting climate and style. The Thomson family's (George “the farmer” and “millennial daughter” Jennifer) vineyard is cool, windy, and often blanketed in fog from nearby San Francisco Bay. By growing a California Pinot classic, the deep, earthy Martini clone, and a French newcomer, bright, crisp clone 667, the land and climate helps their fruit retain bright acidity and minerality.

FOOD PAIRINGS

A complex but delicate Carneros Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with lighter but rich poultry dishes—think chicken with wild mushrooms in a creamy sauce, for example. Game birds are a delicious foil to the herbal and mineral notes in the wine. Salmon, whether grilled or poached, makes a luxurious meal.

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