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2013 Carneros Pinot Noir

2013 Carneros Pinot Noir



Florals, fruits, and earthy spices combine to offer a lush, balanced expression of Carneros terroir.

About The Vineyard…

Our Carneros Pinot Noir comes entirely from the Toyon Vineyard, located in the Napa side of Carneros. This vineyard was planted for us in 1998 with cuttings originating from the Swan estate in Sonoma County and Dijon 115 from Burgundy. The Swan cuttings are a mass selection, rather than a single clone, originating from buds hand carried by Joseph Swan from Burgundy in the 1950s and 1960s. It exhibits layers of complexity and a deeper structure with darker flavors than the Dijon clones. The following year we planted Dijon 115 in a block adjacent to the Swan block. It represents approximately 30% of the blend. It brings its characteristic perfume and higher note fruit to complement the dark fruit and structure of the Swan Selection.

About The Vintage...

2013 was a season of generous weather. Adequate winter rain and soil moisture ensured for a nice start to the growing season devoid of early frost. Ideal bloom conditions provided for a uniform fruit set. A summer of consistent temperatures without notable extremes kept the vines functioning optimally without undue stress. Late season warmth ensured nice ripe tannin and color development. In summary, this was a wonderfully cooperative vintage.

About The Wine...

We separated the entire lot into one ton, open-top fermenters, employing traditional punch-downs by hand in order to achieve optimal extraction. About 5% of the fruit was fermented as whole clusters. The wine was aged in an array of French cooperage, nearly half new, and gently racked once prior to bottling.  Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling.

1063 cases produced.

Tasting Notes...

Floral notes, aromatic cedar, rose and violet mix with strawberry, and wild cherry.  The palate is loaded with lush plum, berry, cola with hints of chocolate and whiffs of toast.  The palate is full of textural, mouth-coating tannins balanced with a bright acidity.   The chewy tannins, earthy spices and piquant minerality complement the fruit and floral notes.  Patience and ability to resist its youthful perfection will pay off over the next few years as the palate continues to develop in opulence revealing darker layers and more earth notes.