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2018 PINOT NOIR, Los Carneros

2018 PINOT NOIR, Los Carneros

Cool maritime air of the Los Carneros region coupled with warm, sunny days yields this silky Pinot Noir. The Los Carneros AVA includes both the famous wine growing regions of Sonoma & Napa counties. Receiving its AVA status in 1983, Carneros area was the first wine region in California to be defined by its climate characteristics rather than political boundaries. Rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry and dried sage lead to notes of dark fruits with plush tannins, balanced acidity, and hints of smoky caramel from aging in French oak barrels.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 17, 2018
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.62
Aging
11 months in Burgundian French oak, 45% New Oak
Bottling Date
August 22, 2019
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Rich aromas of black cherry, blackberry and dried sage lead to notes of dark fruits with plush tannins, balanced acidity, and hints of smoky caramel from aging in French oak barrels.
Vineyard Notes
Los Carneros is the southernmost AVA in the Napa Valley, and is the only Napa County AVA that overlaps into Sonoma County. Its close proximity to the San Pablo Bay allows for much cooler climates compared to the rest of the valley, making it a perfect growing location for Burgundian varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Winemaker Notes
The cool winter and spring in 2018 delayed bud break by 2 weeks compared to 2017. Likewise, the Growing Degree Days (GDD), a measurement of heat during the grape growing season was down on average by 14% below 2017. This cool season allowed the vines to slowly accumulate sugar and tannins in the grapes while maintaining some exceptional acid profiles and low pH at harvest. Overall the vintage was cooler than normal and grape yields slightly above average. Reports on quality are very positive, with crisp, bright and aromatic whites and red wines at lower tannin levels yielding subtle, velvety wines but with great elegance and concentration of color and flavors. —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this versatile wine with grilled pork chops, stuffed mushrooms with wild rice, or grilled summer vegetables.
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