2004 Carneros Pinot Noir
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About the Vineyard...
Our Carneros Pinot Noir comes entirely from the Toyon Vineyard, located in the eastern side of Napa -
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 and darker flavors than the Dijon clones or Martini
selection. 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...
The 2004 vintage was an early vintage with a modest crop of exceptionally intense fruit. The fruit ripened earlier
than usual due, in part, to the low yields. Weather cooperated nicely to provide even ripening of the fruit and
very concentrated flavors due to the low yields while maintaining excellent acidity levels. The wines are more
layered, brighter, and more vibrant when compared to the 2003 vintage. We expect the wines to age well
considering the excellent balance.
About the Wine...
The grapes were 100% destemmed into 1 ton open top fermenters and cold soaked for 4 days. We punched
down by hand 4 times per day at the beginning of fermentation. This was decreased to 2 times per day by
the end of fermentation. A small innoculum of RC212 (burgundy isolate) cultured yeasts carried out the
fermentation. We employed a very warm fermentation, peaking at 94 -95°F. The wine was gently pressed
at dryness and went directly to barrel. The wine was aged entirely in French oak from the coopers Francois
Freres, Cadus, Remond and Billon - 45% new. The wine was racked once prior to bottling. Wine
movements were made by pushing with inert gas all the way until bottling. Wine analysis: Alc. 14.5 %, pH
3.66, TA 6.1 g/l. , RS 0.01 g/l. 975 cases produced.
Dense, brooding flavors with spice, smoke, sl. Meatiness, and dark layered fruit ranging from blackberry,
black cherry, to brighter strawberry, raspberry and violet notes. Dark chocolate, sandalwood and a slight
earthiness add layers to the rich fruit. Nuances of smoke, toasted wood and baking spices linger in the
finish. The wine will continue to develop in the months and years ahead. Drink now or age 5 - 7 years.